1. A little mass, tuft, or bundle, as of hay or tow.
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.
Wad n. Woad. [Obs.]
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.
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.
Woad n. [Written also wad, and wade.]
1. Bot. An herbaceous cruciferous plant (Isatis tinctoria) of the family Cruciferae (syn. Brassicaceae). It was formerly cultivated for the blue coloring matter derived from its leaves. See isatin.
2. A blue dyestuff, or coloring matter, consisting of the powdered and fermented leaves of the Isatis tinctoria. It is now superseded by indigo, but is somewhat used with indigo as a ferment in dyeing.
Their bodies . . . painted with woad in sundry figures. --Milton.
Wild woad Bot., the weld (Reseda luteola). See Weld.
Woad mill, a mill grinding and preparing woad.
n 1: (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"; "it must
have cost plenty" [syn: batch, deal, flock, good
deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess,
mickle, mint, muckle, peck, pile, plenty, pot,
quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack,
tidy sum, whole lot, whole slew]
2: a wad of something chewable as tobacco [syn: chew, chaw,
cud, quid, plug]
v 1: compress into a wad; "wad paper into the box" [syn: pack,
2: crowd or pack to capacity; "the theater was jampacked" [syn:
jam, jampack, ram, chock up, cram]
[also: wadding, wadded]