Probably of (Scandinavian) origin; confer (Swedish) vadd wadding, Dan vat, (Dutch) & German watte. Confer Wadmol.
1. A little mass, tuft, or bundle, as of hay or tow. Holland.2. Specifically: A little mass of some soft or flexible material, such as hay, straw, tow, paper, or old rope yarn, used for retaining a charge of powder in a gun, or for keeping the powder and shot close; also, to diminish or avoid the effects of windage. Also, by extension, a dusk of felt, pasteboard, etc. serving a similar purpose.3. A soft mass, especially of some loose, fibrous substance, used for various purposes, as for stopping an aperture, padding a garment, etc. Wed hook, a rod with a screw or hook at the end, used for removing the wad from a gun.
imperfect & past participle Waded; present participle & verbal noun Wadding.
1. To form into a mass, or wad, or into wadding; as, to wad tow or cotton.2. To insert or crowd a wad into; as, to wad a gun; also, to stuff or line with some soft substance, or wadding, like cotton; as, to wad a cloak.Wadd,
(Mineralogy) (a) An earthy oxide of manganese, or mixture of different oxides and water, with some oxide of iron, and often silica, alumina, lime, or baryta; black ocher. There are several varieties. (b) Plumbago, or black lead.
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Probably short for Middle English wadmal (“woolen cloth”), from Old Norse váðmál (“woolen stuff”), from váð (“cloth”) + mál (“measure”). See wadmal. Cognate with Swedish vadd (“wadding, cotton wool”), German Watte (“wad, padding, cotton wool”), Dutch watten (“cotton wool”), Old English wǣd (“garment, clothing”). More at weed, meal.
wad (plural wads) An amorphous, compact mass. Our cat loves to play with a small wad of paper. A substantial pile (normally of money). With a wad of cash like that, she should not have been walking round Manhattan A soft plug or seal, particularly as used between the powder and pellets in a shotgun cartridge. (slang) A sandwich. (vulgar, slang) An ejaculate of semen. (mineralogy) Any black manganese oxide or hydroxide mineral rich rock in the oxidized zone of various ore deposits.
wad (third-person singular simple present wads, present participle wadding, simple past and past participle wadded) To crumple or crush into a compact, amorphous shape or ball. She wadded up the scrap of paper and threw it in the trash. (Ulster) To wager. To insert or force a wad into. to wad a gun To stuff or line with some soft substance, or wadding, like cotton. to wad a cloak
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