Definition of wadding in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Soft, thick material used to line garments or pack fragile items, especially cotton wool formed into a fleecy layer.

    [count noun] ‘a new generation of low-bulk polyester waddings’
    • ‘Notice the soft wadding, which I and a few other top tailors use, as opposed to the far more common ready-made shoulder pad.’
    • ‘Interlining is a wadding which is sewn between the curtain fabric and the lining to make the curtains feel thick and luxurious.’
    • ‘Innovative effects include fairy lights shining through wadding clouds and a water feature created by water running over perspex sheets with lights underneath.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Then you do a final stitch way into the wadding, pull the thread taut and clip the end just above the surface.’
    • ‘Anyway, the new bike arrived this morning, all swathed in cardboard and plastic wadding.’
    • ‘This is thermally bonded, inorganic wadding developed to replace asbestos on railway carriages.’
    • ‘The contaminated cotton wadding was not found in quilts used in local colleges and nursing homes for the elderly.’
    • ‘The installation is a combination of airiness and heaviness; the wadding is associated with warmth and the lead buttons with weight.’
    • ‘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.’
    stuffing, filling, filler, packing, padding, lining, cushioning, quilting
    reinforcement, buffer, protection, guard
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    1. 1.1Material 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.’