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 Those leg pads, which cover 20% of the net space all by themselves, are made of leather and light synthetic padding because a hard plastic shell would allow the puck to bounce too far. Anchorage Daily News, "The physics of slapshots and mid-ice collisions," 8 Feb. 2020 Some fourth-quarter padding kept it from being his worst performance. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "'Everything just felt off' for Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray in lopsided loss to Rams," 1 Dec. 2019 That 2014 win didn’t really need extra padding with a 59-0 final score. Michael Casagrande |, al, "How turnovers shaped Alabama’s 6-game winning streak over Texas A&M," 10 Oct. 2019 Garver’s third hit of the night an inning later also gave the Twins (42-20) some padding. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Twins break through late against Tigers," 7 June 2019 The blanket has a seven-layer design—two cotton layers, two layers of leakproof microfiber, a hypo-allergenic sheet of odorless glass beads, and the polyester padding to keep the glass beads in place. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "Our favorite weighted blankets for a better night’s sleep," 31 Jan. 2020 While a #2 pellet at 60 yards might have sufficient punch to break a goose wing and penetrate to its heart, a #6 pellet might not get through the padding of feathers. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "Shotgun Showdown: 12 Gauge vs. 20 Gauge vs. 28 Gauge," 11 Dec. 2019 The extra padding had, of course, aroused the suspicions of airport-security officials, which resulted in a vigorous pat-down. Mary Norris, The New Yorker, "There’s a Lot More to E. Jean Carroll’s Book than Trump," 24 Jan. 2020 Any frame pack with a load-out shelf, adequate hip and shoulder padding, and plenty of attachment points can serve as a pack board. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "3 Reasons You Need A Pack Frame," 8 Jan. 2020

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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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27 Feb 2020

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“Padding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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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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