pad·​ding ˈpa-diŋ How to pronounce padding (audio)
: material with which something is padded

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Additional features include light push-up padding, hidden underwire support for a natural lift, and smoothing material that is nearly invisible under clothes. Laura Lajiness Kaupke, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 Nov. 2022 An extra thick, three-inch Duracraft vinyl padding makes for extra comfort during even the heaviest presses. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 17 Nov. 2022 Better check the expiration date on your information, because down, synthetic fill, and wool padding are all racing to improve their environmental standing and remedy past wrongs. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, 11 Nov. 2022 More than 400 nails secured that padding to those boards. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 11 Nov. 2022 As for the adhesive bra, this little miracle worker is strapless, backless, and reusable and made of sturdy yet bendable medical-grade adhesive silicone, which effortlessly molds to your natural shape with zero discomfort or awkward padding. Jennifer Chan, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 2022 Each of the prototypes includes a variety of features, such as a dog tag pocket, racerback styles, padding, mesh venting or a front-zip option. Caleigh Bartash, ABC News, 4 Nov. 2022 There’s an argument to be made, however, that at least some extra padding between seasons is not a bad thing. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Oct. 2022 Luckily, like many infant and convertible car seats, most booster seats offer removable machine-washable seat covers and padding. Jon Langston, Car and Driver, 28 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1640, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of padding was in 1640

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Cite this Entry

“Padding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



: material used to pad something

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