He was wadding his bunk with the hay, while the others looked on rather enviously.
Where the edges were too sharp they were beaten in by a mallet, or altered by glueing on wadding.
First, a few threads are flung out, hither and thither, to keep the layer of wadding in position.
Several times, also, she had been on fire from the wadding which came blazing on board.
This, therefore, is the letter given by wadding xiii., but without address or salutation.
Fill all the loops and bows with wadding as above mentioned.
A liberal stock of shot of various sizes, caps, wadding, and gun requisites should be laid in.
Carefully he pried the wadding from each shell and poured the shot out.
The first use made of the filamentous matter, was to substitute it for the wadding used in quilted counterpanes.
wadding, or stuffing, should be avoided as much as possible.
early 15c., "soft material for padding or stuffing," of uncertain origin, and the different meanings may represent more than one source. Among the possible connections are Medieval Latin wadda, Dutch watten, and Middle English wadmal (late 14c.) "woolen cloth," which seems to be from Old Norse vaðmal "a woolen fabric of Scandinavia," probably from vað "cloth" + mal "measure."
The meaning "bundle of currency" is American English, 1778. To shoot (one's) wad "do all one can do" is recorded from 1914. The immediate source of the expression probably is the sense of "disk of cloth used to hold powder and shot in place in a gun." Wad in slang sense of "a load of semen" is attested from 1920s, and the expression now often is felt in this sense. As a suffix, -wad in 1980s joined -bag, -ball, -head in combinations meaning "disgusting or unpleasant person."
1570s, from wad (n.). Related: Wadded; wadding.