pad·​ding | \ˈpa-diŋ \

Definition of padding 

: material with which something is padded

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Examples of padding in a Sentence

the padding on the seat of the chairs These shoes have extra padding in the heel. If you remove the padding from his speech you can see that he offers no new ideas.
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It's taken almost half a century, but Judy Blume fans will finally get to see Margaret, Nancy, Gretchen, and Janie discuss periods and bra padding on the big screen in the very near future. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Judy Blume's "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" Is Finally Being Turned Into a Movie," 18 Oct. 2018 Take a look at the padding on top of the mattress as well. Christopher Elliott, The Seattle Times, "‘Like sleeping on a bed of nails’: What to do when hotel-mattress hype doesn’t match reality," 30 July 2018 Then Tristin Garcia ripped a triple off the padding in center field as Wilson and Cruse scored. Kenzie Winstead, The Courier-Journal, "Male baseball routs Ballard in semifinals of Seventh Region tournament," 29 May 2018 Padded straps help too, and so does built-in ventilation: look for air channels between the padding and mesh on the straps and back panel (all help alleviate sweat buildup). Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 July 2018 Cabin craftsmanship and materials quality are top-notch, like the plush padding and detailed stitching on the doors and console. Jennifer Geiger, USA TODAY, "Review: Audi's SQ5 blazes new SUV trails," 23 Feb. 2018 The base of the bra is just like a normal underwire bra with slight push-up padding and no adhesive in the cups. Annie James, Cosmopolitan, "I Tried 16 Sticky Bras — Here Are the Ones That Actually Worked," 24 Feb. 2016 Some players wear extra sweaters for padding on cool days. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "Like 'Call of Duty' but a lot more fun: Weekend warriors play paintball scenarios in Crete," 2 July 2018 The bones of my foot also tore through the fatty padding on the ball, leaving it bone-on-skin. Tj Gibson, azcentral, "Broken to pieces," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of padding

1640, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of padding was in 1640

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English Language Learners Definition of padding

: soft material used to cover a hard surface in order to make it more comfortable

: unnecessary words used to make a speech or a piece of writing longer


pad·​ding | \ˈpa-diŋ\

Kids Definition of padding

: soft material used to cover or line a surface

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