from The Century Dictionary.
- noun 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A quantity of rope-yarn, or the like, placed, as a fender, on the bow of a boat.
- noun A bunch of soft material to prevent chafing between spars, or the like.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun nautical Fibres of old
ropepacked between spars, or used as a fender.
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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."
"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.