- the action of a person who pads
- any soft material, as cotton, felt, etc., used to pad
- unnecessary or irrelevant material put into a speech or piece of writing, making it longer
- The act of stuffing, filling, or lining.
- A soft material used to make pads or a pad.
- Something added, especially extraneously or fraudulently: put some padding in the résumé.
- Present participle of pad.
- Soft filling material used in cushions etc.
- (computing) Extra characters such as spaces added to the end of a record to fill it out to a fixed length.
- (military) Extraneous text added to a message for the purpose of concealing its beginning, ending, or length .
padding - Computer Definition
- In storage, irrelevant material, usually zero (0) bits, added to a data block in order to fill it to a minimum size, to force certain fields of control data or user data into certain positions or sizes, or to prevent the user data from duplicating a bit pattern that has a specific control meaning. See also block.
- In transmission, irrelevant material added to a data block, packet, or frame in order to fill it to a minimum size, to force certain fields of control data or user data into certain positions or sizes, or to prevent the user data from duplicating a bit pattern that has a specific control meaning. See also block, frame, and packet.
- In transmission, redundant, irrelevant bits, usually one (1) bits, appended to a bit stream in order to increase the bit rate or to maintain a session or connection during periods of inactivity. See also keep alive bits.
- In some synchronous protocols, such as binary synchronous communications (Bisync, or BSC), one or more optional characters that alert the receiving device of the transmission of a block of data and ensure that the receiving device is in sync with the data bits. See also BSC, protocol, and synchronous.