Webster 1913 Edition
[Probably of Scand. origin; cf. Sw.
vat, D. & G.
A little mass, tuft, or bundle, as of hay or tow.
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.
A soft mass, especially of some loose, fibrous substance, used for various purposes, as for stopping an aperture, padding a garment, etc.
a rod with a screw or hook at the end, used for removing the wad from a gun.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To form into a mass, or wad, or into wadding;
wadtow or cotton
To insert or crowd a wad into;
as, to; also, to stuff or line with some soft substance, or wadding, like cotton;
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A little mass of some soft or flexible material, such as hay, straw, tow, paper, or old ropeyarn, used for stopping the charge of powder in a gun and pressing it close to the shot, or for keeping the powder and shot close.
2.A little mass, tuft or bundle, as of hay or peas.