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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First, this methodological tweak comes just months after two big Chinese provinces admitted to padding growth figures during the 2015 and 2016 downturn. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Fixing Chinese Profits Is Easy—Just Fix the Data," 5 July 2018 Plus, thanks to special padding that protects the drivetrain, the only disassembly required is the wheels, handlebars, and pedals. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "Our Favorite Travel Gear of All Time," 1 July 2018 Some are even reinforced with Teflon and padding in the knee or back pockets. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Scott Pruitt isn’t the only one spending thousands on “tactical pants”," 21 June 2018 Most of us think about putting on more padding during the winter months, when the holidays hit us with extra goodies from Halloween through New Year’s Day. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "What you need to know about summer weight gain (and how to avoid it)," 9 June 2018 The three-game series was without much excitement, save the local fans confusing pitching coach Chris Bosio for Gardenhire on his trips to the mound and a Brian Dozier fly ball that stuck square between the padding early in Wednesday’s game. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire keeps club focused on competing," 23 May 2018 High-quality memory foam in padding and upper materials as well as cork figure into her footwear designs. Kathryn Romeyn,, "Shoe designer Charlotte Stone opens Platform pop-up before stepping into new digs in downtown L.A.," 22 Mar. 2018 The paper inside those boxes that provides extra padding? Ronald D. White,, "From Sinatra to the Spellings, California's oldest moving company has thrived by remaining discreet," 8 July 2018 The extra padding also prevents your delicate lobes from ripping and provides more cushioning for heavy jewelry. Talia Abbas, SELF, "So, You Ripped a Hole in Your Earlobe—Here's How to Fix It," 1 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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