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Wad (?), n. [See Woad.]

Woad.

[Obs.]

 

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Wad, n. [Probably of Scand. origin; cf. Sw. vadd wadding, Dan vat, D. & G. watte. Cf. 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.

 

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Wad, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Waded; p. pr. & vb. n. 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.

 

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Wad, Wadd, n. Min. (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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