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Definition of the noun wad

What does wad mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: wads

  1. a small mass of soft material
    • example: he used a wad of cotton to wipe the counter
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic words: material / stuff = the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object
  2. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
  3. a wad of something chewable as tobacco

Alternative definition of the noun wad


  1. An amorphous, compact mass.
  2. A substantial pile (normally of money).
  3. A soft plug or seal, particularly as used between the powder and pellets in a shotgun cartridge.
  4. [vulgar, slang] an ejaculate of semen.
  5. [mineralogy] Any black manganese oxide or hydroxide mineral rich rock in the oxidized zone of various ore deposits

Definition of the verb wad

What does wad mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: wadded, wadding

  1. compress into a wad
    • example: wad paper into the box
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Material]I kneaded the dough
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Material] into [Product]I kneaded the dough into a loaf
      [Material] [Verb] into [Product]The dough twirled into a pretzel

      Verbs of Creation and Transformation (with the same syntax): beat, bend, coil, collect, compress, contort, curve, distort, fold, freeze, knead, melt, shake, squash, squeeze, squish, twirl, twist, whip, wind, work.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of wad: bundle / compact / pack
    • more generic terms: arrange / set up = put into a proper or systematic order
    • more specific word: puddle = work a wet mixture, such as concrete or mud
  2. crowd or pack to capacity

Other definitions of wad

What does wad also mean?


  1. [context: computing, humorous] It works as designed.


Who is Wad?

Wad a.k.a. C. H. Waddington: Conrad Hal Waddington CBE FRS FRSE was a British developmental biologist, paleontologist, geneticist, embryologist and philosopher who laid the foundations for systems biology. He had wide interests that included poetry and painting, as well as left-wing political leanings. In his book The Scientific Attitude, he touched on political topics such as central planning and praised marxism as a "profound scientific philosophy".


"Wad" is a film.


  1. Wad is an old mining term for any black manganese oxide or hydroxide mineral-rich rock in the oxidized zone of various ore deposits. Typically closely associated with various iron oxides. Specific mineral varieties include pyrolusite, lithiophorite, nsutite, takanelite and vernadite. Wad can be considered to be the manganese equivalent to the iron mineraloid limonite.
  2. wad a.k.a. World Art Day is an international celebration of the fine arts which was declared by the International Association of Art in order to promote awareness of creative activity worldwide. It is celebrated on the 15th of April.
  3. Wad a.k.a. Wandamen Language: Wandamen is an Austronesian language of Indonesian New Guinea, spoken across the neck of the Doberai Peninsula.
    • also known as Wamesa, Wandamen-windesi, Bentoeni, Bentuni, Windesi, Bintuni, Windessi
  4. Wad is a file format.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Wad

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Google previewShooter's Bible Guide to Cartridges (2011)

by Todd Woodard

The base wad is a cylindrical component that is assembled into the head end of a shotshell. A card wad is a thin card-like disc placed over a shot load or powder. A cup wad is a powder...

Nitro wad is an unlubricated, overpowder wad made of cardboard or felt.

The top wad is the closure disc over the top of the shot column held in place by a rolled crimp. Web: The solid portion of ...

Google previewDutton's Introduction to Physical Therapy and Patient Skills (2016)

by CTI Reviews

The mobile wad is a group of the following three muscles found in the posterior compartment of the forearm: It is also sometimes known as the 'lateral compartment' or 'radial group' of the forearm. The palmaris longus is seen as a small tendon ...

Google previewA Century of Spies (1997)

Intelligence in the Twentieth Century by Jeffery T. Richelson

WAD is the acronym for Wazarat-e-Amniyat-e-Daulati. It was known as the Worker's Intelligence Establishment (KAM) when it was established in 1979. Subsequently, WAD became KHAD, Khidmat-Ittelaat-e-Dauli (Government Information ...

Google previewManual of Traditional Wood Carving (2012)

by Paul N. Hasluck

The wad is a piece of wadding enclosed in a soft, fluffless rag, the whole forming a pointed rubber, which is held as in Fig. 226. When the surface has been brushed quite clean, apply polish wherever possible, then rub in a little thin varnish, ...

Google previewBulletin (1923)

Wad is a dark, soft, earthy mineral and is an indefinite mixture of manganese oxides with water and other impurities such as clay and oxides of barium and iron . It is generally a dry, loosely coherent brown or brownish-black powder, not sharply ...

Google previewReloading for Shotgunners (2005)

by Rick Sapp

With straight-walled hulls, the base wad is a separate part. The tapered wall of compression-formed hulls creates a unique condition. It is wonderful for lighter loads but difficult for a condition of loading buckshot called “stacking.” Stacking is the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Applied Chemistry (1895)

by Thomas Edward Thorpe

them, the proper quantity of copper is added, Wad is an important earthy variety proand the mixture strongly ...

Google previewMining and Engineering World (1905)

Wad is an overflow or secondary deposit of manganese MNO, or black oxide. The silver ores are sulphide and associated with specular iron. The gold values are found in all the principal ores of the district, being associated with sulphides ...

Google previewEnglish Pronouncing Dictionary (2006)

by Daniel Jones, Peter Roach, James Hartman

da © wu:'ku:n- Wal wol, wad ® wa:l Walachi|awol' .a, wa'lei-...

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He that has meikle wad aye hae mair.
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Scrabble value of W4A1D2

The value of this 3-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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