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wad

 (wŏd)
n.
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.
3.
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.
5. Informal
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.
3.
a. To hold (shot or powder) in place with a wad.
b. To insert a wad into (a firearm).

[Origin unknown.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wads - a large number or amountwads - a large number or amount; "made lots of new friends"; "she amassed stacks of newspapers"
large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
References in classic literature ?
Jurgis spent a whole evening impressing upon them the seriousness of the occasion--and then finally, out of innumerable hiding places about their persons and in their baggage, came forth the precious wads of money, to be done up tightly in a little bag and sewed fast in the lining of Teta Elzbieta's dress.
The little girls "showed off" in various ways, and the little boys "showed off" with such diligence that the air was thick with paper wads and the murmur of scufflings.
The embankment juts out in angles here and there, like pulpits; instead of preachers, however, small boys occupy them, dangling string, dropping pebbles, or launching wads of paper for a cruise.
Throw in the local color, wads of it, and a bit of sentiment perhaps, but no slumgullion about political economy nor social strata or such stuff.
Removing the wads from the latter with my knife, I emptied the powder on a flat rock.
Am I a cannon-ball, Stubb, said Ahab, that thou wouldst wad me that fashion?
No, they hold there a large, round wad of tow and cork, enveloped in the thickest and toughest of ox-hide.
th' owd man wad ha' laced 'em properly - but he's goan
That is for me," replied the colonel, pointing to a pistol already loaded, which was lying on the bench; "and this is for her," he added, as he forced the wad into the weapon he held.
As the boy entered he saw the great ape squatting upon the bed, the coverlets of which were a tangled wad of filthy blankets and ill-smelling quilts.
Leaning against the railing on the piazza were an immense number of long, heavy bamboos, plugged at the lower end, and with their projecting muzzles stuffed with a wad of leaves.
Why, see here, I -" Harvey dived into his pocket for the wad of bills.