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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Right now, the mailer is best suited for soft goods like clothing and bags that don't need extra padding. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "Packaging Is Killing Us, and the Holidays Are the Worst," 19 Dec. 2018 Chip foam blocks, while dense and firm, still have some give, making them ideal for padding. Julie Brown, Outside Online, "The Ultimate Stay-at-Home Yoga Kit," 6 June 2018 As a bonus, the foam padding will also prevent little ones from touching the metal edges that may get too hot to hold in the dog days of summer. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Here's How to Safely Kid-Proof Your Stock Tank Pool With Pool Noodles," 5 Aug. 2018 Place padding under your knees and hook your feet under an object that is heavy and locked in place on the floor. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How to Do Nordic Curls to Strengthen Your Hamstrings, Like Celebrity Trainer Ashley Borden," 14 Feb. 2019 Comfort was key in their review process: Boots got high marks for cushioning in the footbed, extra padding on the inside, and offering a range of sizes and half sizes. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Hiking Boots for Women, Reviewed by Experts," 4 Dec. 2018 As the ’90s rolled around, bras became much more about exaggerated cleavage, padding, and the thin foam lining. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Meet the Stylist Who Made Baby Tees Happen in the ’90s," 6 Aug. 2018 Often found in older couches, mattresses and carpet padding, flame retardant chemicals have been linked to infertility, birth defects, cancer, and immune system problems. Lindsey Campbell, House Beautiful, "19 Dangerous Household Items You Should Quit Using Immediately," 15 Feb. 2019 Big drops are no problem, thanks to a veritable armored suit of rubber padding. Jakob Schiller, Outside Online, "Our Favorite #Vanlife Gear from Overland Expo West," 25 May 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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