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padding

[ pad-ing ]
/ ˈpæd ɪŋ /
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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.

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Origin of padding

First recorded in 1820–30; pad1 + -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for padding

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
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