Definition of ladle in English:

ladle

noun

  • 1A large long-handled spoon with a cup-shaped bowl, used for serving soup, stew, or sauce.

    • ‘Kitchen utensils include pots, bowls, cooking ladles, and spoons made of coconut shells.’
    • ‘These items included small bowls, huge beer tubs, spoons, and ladles.’
    • ‘She picked up the ladle, and a bowl that was sitting next to it and quietly poured herself some soup.’
    • ‘Sauce ladles have occasionally been treated in a similar fashion and sometimes pierced to form sugar sifters.’
    • ‘Check that the silver drawer is deep enough to close without nicking the curved handle of your soup ladle.’
    • ‘I added a half ladle of garlic oil, the same of sesame oil and a couple of ladles of teriyaki sauce.’
    • ‘If you have a conical sieve, this job will be easier - force the soup with a ladle.’
    • ‘For young children, an old dessert spoon and ladle double as a trowel and spade, while a washing-up liquid bottle with extra holes can become a watering can.’
    • ‘The noodles are presented in large stone bowls, and the soup spoons are wooden ladles.’
    • ‘Using a ladle, spoon the liquid into a cheesecloth-lined, fine mesh sieve and discard the solids.’
    • ‘He snatched up the ladle within and spooned some out.’
    • ‘For example, it is difficult to think of a more Scottish dish than haggis, but this was served with a generous ladle of Drambuie sauce.’
    • ‘She poured it into each girls bowl with a ladle and after everyone had breakfast they all went to their classes.’
    • ‘Unexpectedly, Damien dropped the ladle and grabbed the bowl from my hands, setting it down on the table.’
    • ‘Amy stood back up and went around the table with the ladle and bowl.’
    • ‘They were laden with the clutter of dishes, knives, a comb, a handful of spoons and ladles of assorted sizes, small tools, spare copper wire for snares, and a dozen other dust-obscured objects.’
    • ‘Place the cheese in a bowl with 2 ladles of hot soup, stir to melt then return to the pan.’
    • ‘She opened the basket, and pulled out a large pot, a ladle, two spoons, a knife, two bowls, and another basket.’
    • ‘The fair also has on display various household items such as different types of ladles and spoons made of wood.’
    • ‘Still pondering the situation, Kristin replaced the soup ladle and followed Brittney and Chelsea to the salad bar.’
    spoon, scoop, dipper, bailer
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    1. 1.1A vessel for transporting molten metal in a foundry.
      • ‘Molten metal is sometimes transferred directly in insulated ladles from the smelter to the customer's plant, occasionally over distances up to several hundred miles.’
      • ‘Give it a few minutes to come to full temperature, and then, after fluxing the metal, the first ladle full of lead is lifted to the pre-heated mold.’
      • ‘Deoxidation of the metal frequently takes place in the ladle, leaving only a short time for the deoxidation products to be removed.’
      • ‘When handled at the proper furnace temperature and cooled to the proper pouring temperature, the crucible is removed or the metal is tapped into a ladle.’
      • ‘Gray iron foundries use magnesium and magnesium-containing alloys as ladle addition agents introduced just before the casting is poured.’
      • ‘Now, lift the ladle from the mold, and allow a small puddle to form on top of the sprue plate before returning the ladle to the molten lead.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Serve (soup, stew, or sauce) with a ladle.

    ‘she ladled out onion soup’
    • ‘Have partygoers ladle soup into mugs or small bowls, and offer condiments so they can tailor each soup to their liking.’
    • ‘To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and add the mussels.’
    • ‘Carefully ladle soup into warm bowls, making sure that each person gets a fair share of the seafood.’
    • ‘We agreed to make it a cold salad first and we chose the Ham and Pork salads (a little of each) and some salad vegetables and Madame ladled some vinaigrette dressing on hers as well.’
    • ‘Check the seasoning and then ladle the chutney into a couple of jars.’
    • ‘Break bread into chunks, place in each bowl and ladle soup over top; let sit until bread is soft.’
    • ‘It came to the table in an impressive metal container, with all the elements cooked and ready to be ladled out onto the waiting vermicelli.’
    • ‘The method of distribution required people to line up in front of the public Famine Pot, saucepans and pans in hand, waiting for the soup to be ladled out.’
    • ‘The suspected bribe money was mostly ladled out between 1995 and 2000, when Cheney was Halliburton's CEO.’
    • ‘I think its time to start chopping up the garnish because bowls full of hot, scaly, green broth are ready to be ladled out.’
    • ‘Place a slice of bread, if using, into each bowl before ladling the soup over.’
    • ‘Bouillabaisse, thick and spicy was ladled out.’
    • ‘Soup was ladled into it, and the next woman placed a piece of crusty bread on the side along with a browning apple.’
    • ‘Brush with extra virgin olive oil and place on the base of large, shallow soup plates or pasta plates before ladling the soup on top.’
    • ‘Think of it as a mini-version of the millions ladled out to keep corporations from abandoning lower Manhattan for New Jersey.’
    • ‘Strain it, put it on a plate, and ladle the sauce on top.’
    • ‘Bryar ladled the thick soup into a wooden bowl as he spoke, and Rayne could feel her mouth watering at the mere sight.’
    • ‘To serve, ladle the soup into warm bowls, top with some smokies, drizzle with oil.’
    • ‘Creative genius often seems to be ladled out to those who are manifestly unworthy of it.’
    • ‘I eagerly scooped myself a bowlful then ladled some for everyone else because ladling soup is fun and I'll beat up anyone that tries to take that joy away from me!’
    spoon out, scoop out, dish out, dish up, serve
    bail out
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    1. 1.1Provide (information, advice, etc.) lavishly or overgenerously.
      ‘he was ladling out his personal philosophy of life’
      • ‘In the past we have ladled out the money but have no hard evidence that services to the public have improved proportionately.’
      • ‘Year after year he had watched MI6 officers professionally eager to inflate their resourcefulness ladling out off-the-books money to informants with every incentive to inflate their discoveries.’

Origin

Old English hlædel, from hladan (see lade).

Pronunciation:

ladle

/ˈlādl/