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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Overseen: Brian Dozier hit a ground-rule double between the padding in center field. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers snap losing streak in 4-1 win vs. Minnesota Twins," 23 May 2018 Every child should know and obey the rules of the game and always use proper protective gear, like shin guards for soccer, a hard-shell helmet when batting, and a helmet and body padding for ice hockey. New York Times, "Reducing Injury Risk in Youth Sports," 14 May 2018 The quiet comes from the heavy cork padding under the wooden floors and a layer of acoustic insulation sandwiched between a double-layer of drywall. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "The Hotel Where You’ll Be ‘Sleep-Coached’ Into Bed," 27 Mar. 2019 These swimsuits come with all kinds of options: ties, bows, buttons, knots, full lining, double lining, adjustable straps, boning, removable padding and more. Teen Vogue, "The 16 Best One-Piece Swimsuits for Summer 2019," 2 May 2019 Adding more insulation and padding makes planes quieter, but also heavier, thus less fuel-efficient. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Noisiest Parts of the Plane," 1 May 2019 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

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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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to take the place or position of

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