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verb [intransitive] putter pronunciation in British English /ˈpʌtə(r)/
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present tense
present participleputtering
past tenseputtered
past participleputtered
  1. 1
    if a machine putters, it makes a short quiet low sound when it is working at a slow speed
    I could hear a motorbike puttering in the distance.
  2. 2
    American informal to potter


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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