padding

[ pad-ing ]
/ ˈpæd ɪŋ /

noun

material, as cotton or straw, used to pad something.
something added unnecessarily or dishonestly, as verbiage to a speech or a false charge on an expense account.
the act of a person or thing that pads.

Origin of padding

First recorded in 1820–30; pad1 + -ing1

Definition for padding (2 of 3)

pad

1
[ pad ]
/ pæd /

noun

verb (used with object), pad·ded, pad·ding.

verb (used without object), pad·ded, pad·ding.

to insure the proper forging of a piece.

Origin of pad

1
1545–55; orig. special uses of obsolete pad bundle to lie on, perhaps blend of pack1 and bed

Definition for padding (3 of 3)

pad

2
[ pad ]
/ pæd /

noun

verb (used with object), pad·ded, pad·ding.

to travel along on foot.
to beat down by treading.

verb (used without object), pad·ded, pad·ding.

to travel on foot; walk.
to walk so that one's footsteps make a dull, muffled sound.

Origin of pad

2
1545–55; (noun) < Middle Dutch or Low German pad path (orig. argot; hence, apparently, “highwayman” and “horse”); (v.) < Middle Dutch padden to make or follow a path, cognate with Old English pæththan to traverse, derivative of pæth path; defs 1, 8 perhaps represent an independent expressive word that has been influenced by other senses
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British Dictionary definitions for padding (1 of 3)

padding

/ (ˈpædɪŋ) /

noun

any soft material used to pad clothes, furniture, etc
superfluous material put into a speech or written work to pad it out; waffle
inflated or false entries in a financial account, esp an expense account

British Dictionary definitions for padding (2 of 3)

pad

1
/ (pæd) /

noun

verb pads, padding or padded (tr)

to line, stuff, or fill out with soft material, esp in order to protect or give shape to
(often foll by out) to inflate with irrelevant or false informationto pad out a story

Word Origin for pad

C16: origin uncertain; compare Low German pad sole of the foot

British Dictionary definitions for padding (3 of 3)

pad

2
/ (pæd) /

verb pads, padding or padded

(intr; often foll by along, up, etc) to walk with a soft or muffled tread
(when intr, often foll by around) to travel (a route) on foot, esp at a slow pace; trampto pad around the country

noun

a dull soft sound, esp of footsteps
archaic short for footpad
archaic, or dialect a slow-paced horse; nag
Australian a path or tracka cattle pad

Word Origin for pad

C16: perhaps from Middle Dutch paden, from pad path
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Medicine definitions for padding

pad

[ păd ]

n.

A soft material forming a cushion, used in applying or relieving pressure on a part, or in filling a depression so that dressings can fit snugly.
A fatty mass of tissue acting as a cushion in the body, such as the fleshy underside of a finger or toe.
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