wadding

noun

wad·​ding ˈwä-diŋ How to pronounce wadding (audio)
1
: wads or material for making wads
2
: a soft mass or sheet of short loose fibers used for stuffing or padding

Examples of wadding in a Sentence

the last step is to fill the pillow with wadding and stitch it closed
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Word History

First Known Use

1627, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of wadding was in 1627

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“Wadding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wadding. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

wadding

noun
wad·​ding
ˈwäd-iŋ
1
: wads or material for making wads
2
: a soft mass or sheet of fibers used for stuffing or padding

Medical Definition

wadding

noun
wad·​ding ˈwäd-iŋ How to pronounce wadding (audio)
: a soft absorbent sheet of cotton, wool, or cellulose used especially in hospitals for surgical dressings

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