pad·​ding ˈpa-diŋ How to pronounce padding (audio)
: 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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1640, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of padding was in 1640

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“Padding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: material used to pad something

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