Definition of wadding in US English:



  • 1Soft, thick material used to line garments or pack fragile items, especially absorbent cotton.

    • ‘This is thermally bonded, inorganic wadding developed to replace asbestos on railway carriages.’
    • ‘Interlining is a wadding which is sewn between the curtain fabric and the lining to make the curtains feel thick and luxurious.’
    • ‘Anyway, the new bike arrived this morning, all swathed in cardboard and plastic wadding.’
    • ‘When viewed from above, a layer of white wadding, suspended from the ceiling, makes it look as if the church is floating above the clouds.’
    • ‘The installation is a combination of airiness and heaviness; the wadding is associated with warmth and the lead buttons with weight.’
    • ‘Then you do a final stitch way into the wadding, pull the thread taut and clip the end just above the surface.’
    • ‘Cut two identical pieces out of the felt and one slightly smaller out of wadding/batting to go between the two and give a slightly padded look.’
    • ‘Innovative effects include fairy lights shining through wadding clouds and a water feature created by water running over perspex sheets with lights underneath.’
    • ‘Rollins described ‘the most esteemed’ quilts of her childhood as being made of ‘glossy, dark flannel, lined with yellow, with a slight wadding of carded wool.’’
    • ‘The contaminated cotton wadding was not found in quilts used in local colleges and nursing homes for the elderly.’
    • ‘Notice the soft wadding, which I and a few other top tailors use, as opposed to the far more common ready-made shoulder pad.’
    stuffing, filling, filler, packing, padding, lining, cushioning, quilting
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    1. 1.1 Material from which wads for guns are made.
      • ‘It is necessary to firmly ram home the powder charge and over-shot wadding.’
      • ‘He confirmed that waddings had been found from three cartridges.’
      • ‘The smaller .50-caliber balls could be used in the .60-caliber musket, although they would require more wadding than the larger ones.’
      • ‘I could see the rough patch of wadding deep within the barrel; the scratches in the metal around the muzzle; smell old propellant and lubrication.’