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.
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How to use wadding in a sentence
He had not the least idea what wadding was, and his notion of a bullet was a dockyard cannon-ball bigger than his own head.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II | Rudyard Kipling
Fortunately, I had in my pocket a bit of waste paper, which I had used instead of wadding in loading my gun.
One of the cannoneers, who was strongly opposed to him, expressed the wish that he might be struck by some of the wadding.Thomas Jefferson | Edward S. Ellis et. al.
And though shot and bullets were forbidden fruit, yet something might be done with hard wadding.The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 1 (2 vols) | Thomas De Quincey
Even wadding, however, was declared to be inadmissible as too dangerous, after wounds had been inflicted more than once.The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 1 (2 vols) | Thomas De Quincey
British Dictionary definitions for wadding
any fibrous or soft substance used as padding, stuffing, etc, esp sheets of carded cotton prepared for the purpose
a piece of this
material for wads used in cartridges or guns
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