- Wadding is packing material or absorbent thick material used to protect items, or material used to make a plug in a gun cartridge.
- When you pack up a box full of glasses and you put thick cotton padding into the box to protect the glasses from breaking, this packing is an example of wadding.
- When you put a plug of material in a gun cartridge to hold the gun powder, this material is an example of wadding.
Dishes being packed in wadding.
wadding definition by Webster's New World
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- any soft or fibrous material for use in padding, packing, stuffing, etc.; esp., cotton made up into loose, fluffy sheets, or batting
- any soft material for making wads, as for guns or cartridges
- a wad, or wads collectively
wadding definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A wad.b. Wads considered as a group.
- A soft layer of fibrous cotton or wool used for padding or stuffing.
- Material for gun wads.
Variant of wad
- a small, soft mass or ball, as a handful of cotton, crumpled paper, etc.
- a lump or small, compact mass (of something): a wad of chewing tobacco
- a mass of soft or fibrous material used for padding, packing, stuffing, etc.
- a plug of hemp, tow, paper, etc. stuffed against a charge to keep it firmly in the breech of a muzzleloading gun or in a cartridge
- ☆ Informal a roll of paper money
- ☆ Slang a large amount, esp. of money
Origin: Midieval Latin wadda, wadding ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- wadder noun