wadding

[ wod-ing ]
/ ˈwɒd ɪŋ /

noun

any fibrous or soft material for stuffing, padding, packing, etc., especially carded cotton in specially prepared sheets.
material used as wads for guns, cartridges, etc.
Surgery. any large dressing made of cotton or a similar absorbent material that is used to stanch the flow of blood or dress a wound.
a wad or lump.

Origin of wadding

First recorded in 1620–30; wad1 + -ing1

Definition for wadding (2 of 2)

wad

1
[ wod ]
/ wɒd /

noun

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

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

to become formed into a wad: The damp tissues had wadded in his pocket.

Origin of wad

1
1530–40; < Medieval Latin wadda < Arabic bāṭa'in lining of a garment, batting; compare French ouate, Dutch watte, Swedish vadd
Related formswad·der, nounun·wad·ded, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for wadding (1 of 3)

wadding

/ (ˈwɒdɪŋ) /

noun

  1. any fibrous or soft substance used as padding, stuffing, etc, esp sheets of carded cotton prepared for the purpose
  2. a piece of this
material for wads used in cartridges or guns

British Dictionary definitions for wadding (2 of 3)

wad

1
/ (wɒd) /

noun

verb wads, wadding or wadded

Derived Formswadder, noun

Word Origin for wad

C14: from Late Latin wadda; related to German Watte cotton wool

British Dictionary definitions for wadding (3 of 3)

wad

2
/ (wɒd) /

noun

a soft dark earthy amorphous material consisting of decomposed manganese minerals: occurs in damp marshy areas

Word Origin for wad

C17: of unknown origin
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