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1. A small mass of soft material, often folded or rolled, used for padding, stuffing, or packing.
2. A compressed ball, roll, or lump, as of tobacco or chewing gum.
a. A plug, as of cloth or paper, used to retain a powder charge in a muzzleloading gun or cannon.
b. A disk, as of felt or paper, used to keep the powder and shot in place in a shotgun cartridge.
4. Informal A large amount: a wad of troubles.
a. A sizable roll of paper money.
b. A considerable amount of money.
6. Vulgar Slang An ejaculation of semen.
tr.v. wad·ded, wad·ding, wads
1. To compress into a wad: wad a candy wrapper.
2. To pad, pack, line, or plug with wadding: wad a keyhole.
a. To hold (shot or powder) in place with a wad.
b. To insert a wad into (a firearm).
1. (Textiles) a small mass or ball of fibrous or soft material, such as cotton wool, used esp for packing or stuffing
2. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery)
a. a plug of paper, cloth, leather, etc, pressed against a charge to hold it in place in a muzzle-loading cannon
b. a disc of paper, felt, pasteboard, etc, used to hold in place the powder and shot in a shotgun cartridge
3. (Banking & Finance) a roll or bundle of something, esp of banknotes
4. (Banking & Finance) slang US and Canadian a large quantity, esp of money
5. (Agriculture) dialect Brit a bundle of hay or straw
6. military slang Brit a bun: char and a wad.
vb, wads, wadding or wadded
7. to form (something) into a wad
8. (tr) to roll into a wad or bundle
9. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) (tr)
a. to hold (a charge) in place with a wad
b. to insert a wad into (a gun)
10. (tr) to pack or stuff with wadding; pad
[C14: from Late Latin wadda; related to German Watte cotton wool]
(Geological Science) a soft dark earthy amorphous material consisting of decomposed manganese minerals: occurs in damp marshy areas
[C17: of unknown origin]
n., v. wad•ded, wad•ding. n.
1. a small mass or ball of anything.
2. a small mass of cotton, wool, or the like, used for padding, packing, etc.
3. a roll of something, esp. of bank notes.
4. a comparatively large stock or quantity of something, esp. money.
5. a plug of cloth, paper, or the like, used to hold the powder or shot, or both, in place in a muzzleloading gun or a cartridge.v.t.
6. to form (material) into a wad.
7. to roll tightly (often fol. by up): He wadded up his cap.
8. to stuff with a wad.
9. to fill out with or as if with wadding.v.i.
10. to become formed into a wad.
[1530–40; < Medieval Latin wadda < Arabic bāṭa'in lining of a garment, batting; compare French ouate, Dutch watte, Swedish vadd]
Wada little amount; a tuft or bundle; a heap or swathe.
Examples: wad of banknotes, 1899; of beans, 1856; of clovergrass, 1750; of cotton (a plug), 1861; of greenbacks (U. S. money); of groans; of hay, 1596; of hemp, 1799; of linen (to carry on the head), 1752; of lupins, 1601; of money; of peas, 1620; of reeds, 1886; of straw, 1573; of tobacco; of tow; of wheat, 1763.
Past participle: wadded
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|Noun||1.||wad - a small mass of soft material; "he used a wad of cotton to wipe the counter"|
|2.||wad - (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent; "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos"; "it must have cost plenty"; "a slew of journalists"; "a wad of money"|
good deal, great deal, hatful, lot, muckle, passel, peck, mickle, mint, quite a little, slew, spate, tidy sum, stack, raft, mountain, pile, plenty, mass, batch, heap, deal, flock, pot, mess, sight
large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
deluge, flood, inundation, torrent - an overwhelming number or amount; "a flood of requests"; "a torrent of abuse"
haymow - a mass of hay piled up in a barn for preservation
|3.||wad - a wad of something chewable as tobacco|
|Verb||1.||wad - compress into a wad; "wad paper into the box"|
arrange, set up - put into a proper or systematic order; "arrange the books on the shelves in chronological order"
compact, pack - have the property of being packable or of compacting easily; "This powder compacts easily"; "Such odd-shaped items do not pack well"
puddle - work a wet mixture, such as concrete or mud
|2.||wad - crowd or pack to capacity; "the theater was jampacked"|
stuff - cram into a cavity; "The child stuffed candy into his pockets"
cram - put something somewhere so that the space is completely filled; "cram books into the suitcase"
1. An irregularly shaped mass of indefinite size:
2. Informal. An indeterminately great amount or number:
(= compact mass) → Knäuel m or nt; (in gun, cartridge) → Pfropfen m; (of cotton wool etc) → Bausch m; to use something as a wad → etw zum Ausstopfen or als Polster benutzen