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

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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Recent Examples on the Web Some small newborns or preemies may require an additional padding insert for safety. Lauren Corona,, "Car seat safety 101," 28 Mar. 2021 These systems are great for a little extra help covering a long distance without affecting the padding or pedaling performance of the kayak. Field & Stream, "Best Kayak Motor to Fit the Way You Fish," 19 Mar. 2021 Dickinson, the league's freshman of the year, left less than two minutes into the game with an injured right elbow and returned with some extra padding. Michael Marot, ajc, "No. 9 Buckeyes edge No. 4 Michigan, make Big Ten title game," 14 Mar. 2021 Then getting back defensively, seeing Dickinson rolling to the basket and trying to strip the ball — only to bring his arms down for a foul on the big man and get plowed through for the score, falling backward into the basket padding. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball's Joshua Langford atones for late mistakes with critical shot," 8 Mar. 2021 Innerspring mattresses, such as this one from Swiss Ortho Sleep, have a supportive base of springs topped with a range of comfortable materials for padding, such as polyester hollowfibre or wool. Lauren Corona,, "How to pick a mattress," 10 Mar. 2021 The legendary Watson is back for the sequel as Murphy donned the heavy prosthetic make-up and plenty of padding to groove again for the movie's big party. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Did you spot them? These are 'Coming 2 America's best throwbacks to the classic comedy (Spoilers!)," 6 Mar. 2021 And either path for the Democrats could still tank the broader pandemic-relief package, which has only the thinnest of padding behind it. Philip Elliott, Time, "Why a Debate on the Minimum Wage Could Spark a D.C. Meltdown," 2 Mar. 2021 However, that padding can limit control if performance is paramount. Outdoor Life, "Best Ski Socks for Warm Toes and Top Control All Winter Long," 24 Feb. 2021

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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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6 Apr 2021

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“Padding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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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