from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of stuffing, filling, or lining.
- n. A soft material used to make pads or a pad.
- n. Something added, especially extraneously or fraudulently: put some padding in the resumé.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Present participle of pad.
- n. Soft filling material used in cushions etc.
- n. Extra characters such as spaces added to the end of a record to fill it out to a fixed length.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or process of making a pad or of inserting stuffing.
- n. The material with which anything is padded.
- n. Material of inferior value, serving to extend a book, essay, etc.
- n. The uniform impregnation of cloth with a mordant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of stuffing so as to make a pad.
- n. The cotton, hair, straw, or other material used in stuffing anything, as a bolster, saddle, or garment; the stuffing used to keep in shape any part of a garment according to the fashion which requires it to be more in relief or drawn tighter than the natural forms allow. ; ;
- n. In calico-printing, the process of imbuing the fabric all over with a mordant which is dried.
- n. Any unnecessary matter inserted in a column, article, book, etc., merely to bring it up to a certain size; vamp; hence, written or printed matter of no real value or utility; whatever has merely the effect of increasing the size of any thing without adding to its interest or value.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. artifact consisting of soft or resilient material used to fill or give shape or protect or add comfort
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Briefly speaking the term padding, as applied to a piece of literature, denotes the presence of irrelevant matter.
As the day of reckoning approached on a slow wave of inevitability - the new cold snap on the air in the mornings, the crisp red and grey and blue and white uniforms in the shop windows, the darkening evenings, the TV trailers for the glossy new autumn programmes - I could feel the new term padding towards me.
I hope Neil's wall-padding is firmly in place, it must get quite some wear and tear.
Similar padding is apparent in the book's subsequent two sections, "Reclamation" and "Redemption," which focus on the dogs 'journeys from kennels to sanctuaries and foster-care centers.
If you are having difficultly, keep it short and simple as there is no sense in padding the paragraph and risk losing your reader.
The padding is made from polyurethane foam and polyester wadding.
After all, they swaddle your foot in padding to protect you from the unforgiving concrete.
Surely by now you must be wondering where you can buy such a fine backyard product while financially contributing to little boys in padding tackling each other.
The only experience Hillary has is in padding her Resume.
He failed to adjust the sheepskin padding on the CPM machine at the back of my thigh, so that every time the metal gear went round, it rubbed against the skin there.