First recorded in 1620–30; wad1 + -ing1 (Source: dictionary.com)
Definitions of Wadding
any fibrous or soft material for stuffing, padding, packing, etc., especially carded cotton in specially prepared sheets.
material used as wads for guns, cartridges, etc.
Surgery. any large dressing made of cotton or a similar absorbent material that is used to stanch the flow of blood or dress a wound.
a wad or lump.
a small mass, lump, or ball of anything:
a small mass of cotton, wool, or other fibrous or soft material, used for stuffing, padding, packing, etc.
a roll of something, especially of bank notes.
Informal. a comparatively large stock or quantity of something, especially money: He's got a healthy wad salted away.
a plug of cloth, tow, paper, or the like, used to hold the powder or shot, or both, in place in a gun or cartridge.
British Dialect. a bundle, especially a small one, of hay, straw, etc.
any fibrous or soft substance used as padding, stuffing, etc, esp sheets of carded cotton prepared for the purpose a piece of this
material for wads used in cartridges or guns
a small mass or ball of fibrous or soft material, such as cotton wool, used esp for packing or stuffing
a plug of paper, cloth, leather, etc, pressed against a charge to hold it in place in a muzzle-loading cannon a disc of paper, felt, pasteboard, etc, used to hold in place the powder and shot in a shotgun cartridge
a roll or bundle of something, esp of banknotes
US and Canadian slang a large quantity, esp of money
British dialect a bundle of hay or straw
British military slang a bunchar and a wad
a soft dark earthy amorphous material consisting of decomposed manganese minerals: occurs in damp marshy areas
verb (used with object)
to form (material) into a wad.
to roll tightly (often followed by
to hold in place by a wad:
to put a wad into; stuff with a wad.
to fill out with or as if with
verb (used without object)
to become formed into a wad:
to form (something) into a wad
(tr) to roll into a wad or bundle
(tr) to hold (a charge) in place with a wad to insert a wad into (a gun)
(tr) to pack or stuff with wadding; pad
Soft, thick material used to line garments or pack fragile items, especially cotton wool formed into a fleecy layer.
: wads or material for making wads
: a soft mass or sheet of short loose fibers used for stuffing or padding
Example sentences for Wadding
I asked, with a great sob rising in my throat, like wadding rammed by an untaught man.
His bullets and wadding he carried in a small leather pouch by his side.
Wadding (VI, p. 48) cites some passages bearing on the date.
She won in a thunderstorm, Rothschild's filly, with wadding in her ears.
Wadding, or stuffing, should be avoided as much as possible.