putty

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v putty apply putty in order to fix or fill "putty the window sash"
    • n putty a dough-like mixture of whiting and boiled linseed oil; used especially to patch woodwork or secure panes of glass
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The two top toys in 1950 were Silly Putty which sold for $1, and Crayola crayons which sold for 50 cents
    • Putty (Golf) A ball made of composition and not gutta percha.
    • n Putty A kind of gaiter of waterproof cloth wrapped around the leg, used by soldiers, etc.
    • Putty A kind of thick paste or cement compounded of whiting, or soft carbonate of lime, and linseed oil, when applied beaten or kneaded to the consistence of dough, -- used in fastening glass in sashes, stopping crevices, and for similar purposes.
    • v. t Putty To cement, or stop, with putty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Since 1950, over 230 million eggs of Silly Putty have been sold
    • n putty A kind of paste or cement compounded of whiting, or soft carbonate of lime, and linseed-oil, mixed to the consistence of dough. In this state it is used by glaziers for fixing the panes of glass in window-sashes, etc., and also by house-painters to stop up holes and cavities in woodwork before painting. It is often tinted with various pigments to make it agree in color with the surface on which it is used.
    • n putty A powder of oxid of tin, used in polishing glass and steel: sometimes called jewelers' putty.
    • n putty A very fine cement, used by plasterers and stone-masons, made of lime only. See the quotation.
    • n putty A mixture of ground materials in which in potteries earthenware is dipped for glazing.
    • n putty A mixture of clay and horse-dung used in making molds in foundries.
    • putty To cement with putty; fill up with putty.
    • n putty A composition golf-ball, no longer in use.
    • n putty Same as puttee.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Putty is a cement compound of fine powdered chalk or oxide of lead mixed with linseed oil.
    • n Putty put′i an oxide of tin, or of lead and tin, used in polishing glass, &c
    • Putty jewellers' putty: a cement of whiting and linseed-oil, used in glazing windows: a fine cement of lime only—plasterers' putty.
    • v.t Putty to fix or fill with putty
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. potée, fr. pot, pot; what was formerly called putty, being a substance resembling what is now called putty powder, and in part made of the metal of old pots. See Pot

Usage

In literature:

I say a paste, not putty.
"On Laboratory Arts" by Richard Threlfall
That hole is filled with putty, but underneath the putty is wax.
"The Blot on the Kaiser's 'Scutcheon" by Newell Dwight Hillis
There's some putty in the cellar and I'm going to try.
"Phyllis" by Dorothy Whitehill
Atter I gits settled I brings Johnnie, an' so we done putty good.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
They're putty sure to a been arter some diviltry anyhow.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
You are as putty in my hands.
"The Albert Gate Mystery" by Louis Tracy
Work up with water a sufficient quantity of clay to about the consistency of fresh putty.
"Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit" by Albert B. Farnham
Putty squaw: hansum gal.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Chips was there the whole afternoon on his knees, messing with putty and red-lead.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
Use finishing nails, then set the heads and fill the holes with putty.
"Mission Furniture" by H. H. Windsor
Fill it with putty; set four wooden pegs in this for legs, a large peg for a head and a long thin one for a tail.
"Woodland Tales" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
Affix the braces just after filling, using brads and puttying the holes with putty colored to match the filler.
"Mission Furniture" by H. H. Windsor
So the putty-faced boy sleeps in the store, does he?
"The Boys of Crawford's Basin" by Sidford F. Hamp
I have spent nearly all my life in putty much that fix.
"The Jucklins" by Opie Read
But Pete always had been putty in his hands.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
They're like putty now.
"Harding's luck" by E. [Edith] Nesbit
Back-bed w/thin coating of elastic glazing compound and putty-in smoothly.
"The Fairfax County Courthouse" by Ross D. Netherton
While the putty is drying the spray-hood or turtle-deck can be made.
"Boys' Book of Model Boats" by Raymond Francis Yates
If you know of any putty gals that is in the market, just tell them that I'm thar myself.
"The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun;" by Various
Then the putty did not seem to want to stick anywhere, but kept crumbling off in little lumps.
"Rim o' the World" by B. M. Bower
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In poetry:

If England was what England seems
An' not the England of our dreams,
But only putty, brass, an' paint,
'Ow quick we'd drop 'er! But she ain't!
"The Return" by Rudyard Kipling
If England was what England seems
An' not the England of our dreams,
But only putty, brass, an' paint,
'Ow quick we'd chuck 'er! But she ain't!
"The Return" by Rudyard Kipling
That big 'ole outside is the moat, Sir,
And they do say if ever John Bull
Sells the Tower for a road house with cracks puttied up -
It'll make a damn fine swimming pool.
"The Beefeater" by Weston and Lee
Dead ring fer me ole conk, she sez it is.
More like a blob of putty on 'is phiz,
I think. But 'e's a fair 'ard case, all right.
I'll swear I thort 'e wunk at me last night!
"The Kid " by C J Dennis
O brothah, w'en de tempes' beat,
An' w'en yo' weary head an' feet
Can't fin' no place to res',
Jes' 'membah dat de Mastah 's nigh,
An' putty soon you 'll hyeah de cry,
"Lay low in de wildaness."
"A Plantation Melody" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
You blokes unmarrid ain't got no idear
Uv 'ow successful 'usbands works their 'eads.
It's like a feller strugglin' to keep clear
A thousand threads.
Once let 'em tangle, an' you take the blame.
You're up to putty; an' yeh've lost the game.
"The Also-Ran" by C J Dennis

In news:

Flying Lotus – " Putty Boy Strut".
INTERVIEWS Watch the Robots Win in Flying Lotus' ' Putty Boy Strut' Video.
Flying Lotus' " Putty Boy Strut".
Flying Lotus Gets Robotic In " Putty Boy Strut" Clip.
J&J bone putty recalled because it may catch fire.
Bone putty from a division of Johnson & Johnson may catch fire during surgery, US regulators warned today in a recall notice.
J&J Unit Recalls Potentially Flammable Bone Putty .
Silly Putty Prayer By Arley Steinhour 061712.
What a putty at Christmas.
Revision of D7682 - 10 Standard Test Method for Replication and Measurement of Concrete Surface Profiles Using Replica Putty .
WK33449 Standard Test Method for Replication and Measurement of Concrete Surface Profiles Using Replica Putty .
'The Amazing Race ' recap, Bangladesh is putty in their hands.
We went ahead and kept filling every low spot with Eastwood lightweight body filler, using a putty knife.
Flying Lotus Gets Robotic In "Putty Boy Strut" Clip.
Flying Lotus has unveiled a new song, "Putty Boy Strut," from his forthcoming record Until The Quiet Comes.
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