a number of studs, as in a wall or partition.
timbers or manufactured objects for use as studs.

Origin of studding

First recorded in 1580–90; stud1 + -ing1




a boss, knob, nailhead, or other protuberance projecting from a surface or part, especially as an ornament.
any of various buttonlike, usually ornamental objects, mounted on a shank that is passed through an article of clothing to fasten it: a collar stud.
any of a number of slender, upright members of wood, steel, etc., forming the frame of a wall or partition and covered with plasterwork, siding, etc.
any of various projecting pins, lugs, or the like, on machines or other implements.
Automotive. any of a large number of small projecting lugs embedded in an automobile tire (studded tire) to improve traction on snowy or icy roads.
an earring consisting of a small, buttonlike ornament mounted on a metal post designed to pass through a pierced ear lobe.
Horology. the piece to which the fixed end of a hairspring is attached.

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

to set with or as if with studs, bosses, or the like: The leather-covered door was studded with brass nails.
(of things) to be scattered over the expanse or surface of: Stars stud the sky.
to set or scatter (objects) at intervals over an expanse or surface: to stud raisins over a cake.
to furnish with or support by studs.


ornamented with rivets, nailheads, or other buttonlike, usually metallic objects: a stud belt.

Origin of stud

before 900; Middle English stude knob, post, Old English studu post; cognate with Middle High German stud, Old Norse stoth post
Related formsun·stud·ded, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for studding

Historical Examples of studding

  • The studding sails were hauled in, and the main royal and fore and mizzen top-gallant sails furled.

    Jack in the Forecastle

    John Sherburne Sleeper

  • Generally the studding is erected for a section of wall 50 ft. long at one time.

    Concrete Construction

    Halbert P. Gillette

  • The shop was not sheathed on the inside, the framework or studding being exposed.

    Carpentry and Woodwork

    Edwin W. Foster

  • It should be made by siding up outside the studding with cheap lumber.

    The Dollar Hen

    Milo M. Hastings

  • Having placed our studding in position and secured them by a plate running around the top we are ready for the rafters.

British Dictionary definitions for studding



building studs collectively, esp as used to form a wall or partitionSee also stud 1 (def. 3)
material that is used to form studs or serve as studs




a large-headed nail or other projection protruding from a surface, usually as decoration
a type of fastener consisting of two discs at either end of a short shank, used to fasten shirtfronts, collars, etc
building trades a vertical member made of timber, steel, etc, that is used with others to construct the framework of a wall
a headless bolt that is threaded at both ends, the centre portion being unthreaded
any short projection on a machine, such as the metal cylinder that forms a journal for the gears on a screw-cutting lathe
the crossbar in the centre of a link of a heavy chain
one of a number of rounded projections on the sole of a boot or shoe to give better grip, as on a football boot

verb studs, studding or studded (tr)

to provide, ornament, or make with studs
to dot or cover (with)the park was studded with daisies
building trades to provide or support (a wall, partition, etc) with studs

Word Origin for stud

Old English studu; related to Old Norse stoth post, Middle High German stud post




a group of pedigree animals, esp horses, kept for breeding purposes
any male animal kept principally for breeding purposes, esp a stallion
a farm or stable where a stud is kept
the state or condition of being kept for breeding purposesat stud; put to stud
(modifier) of or relating to such animals or the place where they are kepta stud farm; a stud horse
slang a virile or sexually active man
short for stud poker

Word Origin for stud

Old English stōd; related to Old Norse stōth, Old High German stuot
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Word Origin and History for studding



"nailhead, knob," Old English studu "pillar, prop, post," from Proto-Germanic *stud- (cf. Old Norse stoð "staff, stick," prop. "stay," Middle High German stud, Old English stow "place"), from PIE *stu-, variant of root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Sense expanded by late 14c. to include ornamental devices fixed in and projecting from a surface. The verb is c.1500 in the literal sense of "set with studs," 1560s in studded with "as though sprinkled with nails with conspicuous heads."



"horse used for breeding," Old English stod "herd of horses, place where horses are kept for breeding," from Proto-Germanic *stodo (cf. Old Norse stoð, Middle Low German stod, Old High German stuot "herd of horses," German Stute "mare"), from PIE root *sta- "to stand," with derivatives meaning "place or thing that is standing" (cf. Old Church Slavonic stado "herd," Lithuanian stodas "a drove of horses;" see stet). Sense of "male horse kept for breeding" is first recorded 1803; meaning "man who is highly active and proficient sexually" is attested from 1895; that of "any young man" is from 1929.

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