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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Continue lowering until your left knee lightly touches the padding, ball, or towels. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "This Single-Leg Squat From Celebrity Trainer Kira Stokes Will Strengthen Your Entire Lower Body," 22 Aug. 2018 The ground ball ended up grazing the padding of some extended seating on the first-base side and skipping into the crowd. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Royals' bullpen falls apart twice as Blue Jays sweep doubleheader | The Kansas City Star," 17 Apr. 2018 Take a seat, rest your knees on the comfy padding, and get to work! Sara Tardiff, ELLE Decor, "Move Over Standing Desks, The Kneeling Desk Is the Newest Office Trend," 15 May 2017 Mycelium samples grow through and around agricultural waste like wood chips to form completely compostable padding—broken up and put into your backyard soil, Ecovative material will break down completely in 30-60 days, says co-founder Eben Bayer. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "Packaging Is Killing Us, and the Holidays Are the Worst," 19 Dec. 2018 The news moves loud and lightning-fast in the social-media era, lily-padding from big story to bigger story to biggest story several times a day, with little time for rumination. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Year in Sports: Truth Wins," 18 Dec. 2018 That all-in-one coat sure looks easier to get on and off than full body padding. Vogue, "The Best Fashion Trends of 2018, According to You, Our Instagram Followers," 18 Dec. 2018 More importantly, this set of headphones proves supremely comfortable—both lighter and more breathable around the ears than its predecessors, with a healthy but not overbearing amount of soft pleather padding around the ear cups and headband. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—tech and gear for travel that we’d buy," 13 Nov. 2018 To make the move easier, increase the height of the padding behind you to reduce the depth of your squat. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "This Single-Leg Squat From Celebrity Trainer Kira Stokes Will Strengthen Your Entire Lower Body," 22 Aug. 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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