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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
ladle soup out/into a bowl (=serve it using a large spoon)
▪ Ladle the soup into warm bowls and garnish with parsley.
▪ a soup ladle
▪ A young boy with a ladle and a stoup of water wetted their grizzled mouths.
▪ Because the process does not involve handling molten metal, there is no contamination from ladles and tanks.
▪ I sat at the table, watching Frank stir the contents of the large metal pot with a wooden ladle.
▪ Jane sat near Dorothy's place, who was at the stove, ladle in her hand.
▪ Josie, standing by the stove with the ladle for helping out the pasta, decided to wait and say nothing.
▪ She dropped a ladle filled with hot soup into his lap.
▪ The aging prisoner picked up a greasy ladle and buried it in the soup, stirring it for a moment.
▪ Whiskers Zhu picked up the pail and ladle, then fell in behind old Zheng and Song Anni. 4.
▪ It's sort of ladled out to us like soup.
▪ Jigeehuu ambled shakily over to it after our first embrace and ladled out half a pint for me in a rice bowl.
▪ It's not an expensive place to eat until you start ladling out the ice-cold, flavoured vodkas.
▪ Poshekhonov ladled out the lore of the Correctional Labour Colonies.
Ladle the soup over rice.
▪ After ladling into soup bowls, drizzle a design on top of the soup with a pureed red pepper mixture.
▪ He speared the plantain to one side of the pan and ladled in four globs of batter.
▪ It's not an expensive place to eat until you start ladling out the ice-cold, flavoured vodkas.
▪ It's sort of ladled out to us like soup.
▪ Jigeehuu ambled shakily over to it after our first embrace and ladled out half a pint for me in a rice bowl.
▪ My father ladled some soup into my plate.
▪ Poshekhonov ladled out the lore of the Correctional Labour Colonies.
▪ She ladled a little of the court bouillon over the fat bits of mackerel.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ladle \La"dle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ladled; p. pr. & vb. n. Ladling.] To take up and convey in a ladle; to dip with, or as with, a ladle; as, to ladle out soup; to ladle oatmeal into a kettle.


Ladle \La"dle\, n. [AS. hl[ae]del, fr. hladan to load, drain. See Lade, v. t.]

  1. A cuplike spoon, often of large size, with a long handle, used in lading or dipping.

    When the materials of glass have been kept long in fusion, the mixture casts up the superfluous salt, which the workmen take off with ladles.

  2. (Founding) A vessel to carry liquid metal from the furnace to the mold.

  3. The float of a mill wheel; -- called also ladle board.

  4. (Gun.)

    1. An instrument for drawing the charge of a cannon.

    2. A ring, with a handle or handles fitted to it, for carrying shot.

      Ladle wood (Bot.), the wood of a South African tree ( Cassine Colpoon), used for carving.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"large, long-handled spoon for drawing liquids," Old English hlædel "ladle," from hladan "to load" (see lade) + -le, suffix expressing "appliance, tool" (compare shovel, handle, thimble). The verb is first recorded 1520s, from the noun. Related: Ladled; ladling.


n. 1 A deep-bowled spoon with a long, usually curved, handle. 2 A container used in a foundry to transport and pour out molten metal. 3 The float of a mill wheel; a ladle board. 4 An instrument for drawing the charge of a cannon. 5 A ring, with a handle or handles fitted to it, for carrying shot. vb. (context transitive English) to serve something with a ladle

  1. n. a spoon-shaped vessel with a long handle; used to transfer liquids

  2. v. put (a liquid) into a container by means of a ladle; "ladle soup into the bowl"

  3. remove with or as if with a ladle; "ladle the water out of the bowl" [syn: lade, laden]


Ladle may refer to:

  • Ladle (spoon), a bowl-shaped serving device, typically for soup
  • Ladle (foundry), a vessel used to carry and pour molten metal
  • Ladle, a monthly tournament of Armagetron Advanced
Ladle (foundry)

In a foundry, a ladle is a vessel used to transport and pour out molten metals. Ladles range in size from small hand carried vessels that resemble a kitchen ladle and hold to large steelmill ladles that hold up to . Many non-ferrous foundries also use ceramic crucibles for transporting and pouring molten metal and will also refer to these as ladles.

Ladle (spoon)

A ladle (dipper) is a type of serving spoon used for soup, stew, or other foods. Although designs vary, a typical ladle has a long handle terminating in a deep bowl, frequently with the bowl oriented at an angle to the handle to facilitate lifting liquid out of a pot or other vessel and conveying it to a bowl. Some ladles involve a point on the side of the basin to allow for finer stream when pouring the liquid; however, this can create difficulty for left handed users, as it is easier to pour towards one's self. Thus, many of these ladles feature such pinches on both sides.

A spoon ladle is also known as a spoodle.

In modern times ladles are usually made of the same stainless steel alloys as other kitchen utensils; however, they can be made of aluminium, silver, plastics, melamine resin, wood, bamboo or other materials. Ladles are made in a variety of sizes depending upon use; for example, the smaller sizes of less than 5 inches in length are used for sauces or condiments, while extra large sizes of more than 15 inches in length are used for soup or punch.

In ancient times ladles were often made from plants such as calabash (bottle gourd) or even sea-shells.

Usage examples of "ladle".

Well, I gets near the Major at table, and afore me stood a china utensil with two handles, full of soup, about the size of a foot-tub, with a large silver scoop in it, near about as big as a ladle of a maple sugar kettle.

But Anele continued ladling stew into his mouth until he had scraped the bowl empty.

Moira ladled a cup of comfrey and borage from the kettle Eibhlin kept hot on the fire.

First, someone would from time to time dip a ladle into the top of the bubbler and scoop out portions of the water, and along with it, flecks and flakes of cold fire that swirled through it like sparks above a campfire.

Then, after ladling more cool water into the calabash, he seated himself with his back to a tree.

You looked for no weapon of opposition but spit, poker, and basting ladle, wielded by unskilful hands: but, rascals, here is short sword and long cudgel in hands well tried in war, wherewith you shall be drilled into cullenders and beaten into mummy.

Beyond the boundaries of her place lay the cutlery to be shared: the suckett forks, condiment spoons, Sugar shells, mote spoons, pickle forks, butter picks, nut picks, cheese scoops, horseradish spoons, and various others, not to be confused with the soup ladles, fish slicers, jelly servers, snuff spoons, and wick scissors to be wielded by the servants.

She nicked out flat stones to make a deeper well for fat for lamps, and she dried new moss wicks, knapped a new set of knives, scrapers, saws, borers, and axes, searched the seashore for shells to make spoons, ladles, and small dishes.

I became immersed in watching Lidia use a ladle to scoop the beans and meat.

Ladle the soup into large soup plates and float the ricotta toasts on top.

The cook gave him a ladle of yellow synthetic mush from the supper kettle and El Sapo tossed him a blanket, but nobody talked to him.

He was standing at Arbour Hill in Dublin watching her Excellency the Vicereine dip the ladle into the first Government Soup for the famine victims.

Dumpling broke the seal and let a small ladle down into the amphora and then tipped the ruby liquid into a goblet, Thiuda peremptorily grabbed the drink, suspiciously smelled of it, sipped of it, rolled it around in his mouth and rolled his eyes as well.

He peered down from the ladle, his wings blurring to nothing when he noticed Nick.

Rodde could picture them: comfortable, prosperous traders with their wives and servants all around them, children running and playing among the rushes, the fires glowing and adding to the thick atmosphere as servants ladled stews, panters cut hunks of bread, bottlers topped up mugs and cups, and all about dogs sat and scratched or waited, watching hopefully.