Pronunciation: (pood'ing), [key]
1. a thick, soft dessert, typically containing flour or some other thickener, milk, eggs, a flavoring, and sweetener: tapioca pudding.
2. a similar dish unsweetened and served with or as a main dish: corn pudding.
3. Brit.the dessert course of a meal.
4. Naut.a pad or fender for preventing scraping or chafing or for lessening shock between vessels or other objects.
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