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  • n. Fibres of old rope packed between spars, or used as a fender.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A quantity of rope-yarn, or the like, placed, as a fender, on the bow of a boat.
  • n. A bunch of soft material to prevent chafing between spars, or the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A thick pad of rope-yarns, oakum, etc., covered with a mat or canvas, and tapering from the middle toward the ends, used as a fender on the bow of a boat.


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  • These fellows, as well as thieves generally, are said to have a method of quieting the fiercest watch-dogs by throwing them a narcotic ball, which they call "puddening the animal."

    The Dog

  • "No, that would not exactly tell; I shall pick my own work, and that's where I can bring my tarry trousers to an anchor -- mousing the mainstay, or puddening the anchor, with the best of any.

    Snarley-yow or The Dog Fiend


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  • "Puddening of a Boat's Stem, is a quantity of rope-yard pointed and placed firmly on the stem of the boat as a kind of fender....

    "Puddening the Ring of an Anchor, is the act of well parcelling it with tarred canvas, and then warping it round with twice-laid-stuff....

    "Puddening of a Mast, a thick wreath, or circle of cordage, tapering from the middle towards the ends, pointed all over, and fastened about the mainmast and foremast of a ship...."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 359–360

    See also dolphin of the mast.

    October 12, 2008