wad·​ding | \ˈwä-diŋ \

Definition of wadding 

1 : wads or material for making wads

2 : a soft mass or sheet of short loose fibers used for stuffing or padding

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Examples of wadding in a Sentence

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

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Bjarnason is playing on with plenty of bloody wadding jammed up his nose. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Croatia Crushes Iceland’s World Cup Dream," 27 June 2018 Using materials taken from construction rather than closets (at a guess: insulation, cotton wadding, rug liners, paper bags and wallpaper) Ms. Kawakubo began with a basic dress carapace in the shape of classical statuary — after the arms fell off. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Redefining the Female Silhouette at Comme des Garçons," 5 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of wadding

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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English Language Learners Definition of wadding

: a soft mass or sheet of material used to fill a space, protect something, etc.


wad·​ding | \ˈwäd-iŋ \

Medical Definition of wadding 

: a soft absorbent sheet of cotton, wool, or cellulose used especially in hospitals for surgical dressings

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