pad·​ding | \ ˈpa-diŋ How to pronounce padding (audio) \

Definition of padding

: material with which something is padded

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The brand’s stylish Marsha heels are made of soft Italian suede and feature plush foam padding and a supportive insole, and the two-inch round heel and buckles bring a sense of playfulness to your spring looks. Celia Shatzman, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Mar. 2022 They're also made of super soft leather and foam padding, so your feet will remain pain-free even after hours of walking or standing. Rebecca Carhart, Travel + Leisure, 16 Mar. 2022 There's no foam padding, but the LinkBuds' plastic housing is soft, smooth, and exceptionally lightweight, at 4.1 grams. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, 15 Feb. 2022 High-density foam padding will keep heat or cold in and keeps your food from getting squished. Field & Stream, 26 Jan. 2021 Also, give your host a bit of padding by arriving five to 10 minutes after the start time, Bailey recommended. Jen Doll, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2022 The sports bra, which runs from sizes 32 to 44, is available in sets of three that each come with one set of padding. Isabel Garcia,, 24 Mar. 2022 Oddly enough for an ultra-endurance rider, these slip-on Giro’s have almost no padding on the palms. Outside Online, 5 May 2015 The design also features additional heel and collar padding. Tim Newcomb, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of padding

1640, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2022

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“Padding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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pad·​ding | \ ˈpa-diŋ \

Kids Definition of padding

: soft material used to cover or line a surface

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