Definition of wadding:

part of speech: noun

A wad; materials for wads; soft material, such as carded cotton, & c., for stuffing garments.

part of speech: noun

A wad, or the materials for wads: a soft stuff, also sheets of carded cotton for stuffing garments, etc.

part of speech: noun

Soft material used for gun wads, stuffing, etc.; cotton prepared in sheets for padding.

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