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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The biggest wad of that cash, however, did not go into software, chips, or computers.
▪ It needed gobs of honey or molasses along with a big wad of butter to create the illusion of good eating.
▪ But they want a big, fat wad of that cash up front.
▪ Beside them was a thick wad of thin notes.
▪ Three thousand tabs of Ecstasy were handed over for a thick wad of notes.
▪ She could feel nothing, as if her entire body were mummified in thick wads of flavourless chewing gum.
▪ She kitted her out in a belt and a thick wad of gauze.
▪ a wad of bubble gum
▪ a wad of dollar bills
▪ I saw him trying to press a wad of cash into the woman's hand. She wouldn't take it.
▪ She opened her handbag, and pulled out a wad of banknotes.
▪ And then I saw my wad of bills lying on the floor.
▪ By dealing in dollars you avoid paying high exchange fees or going home with a wad of pesos.
▪ I took the wad of twenties out of the bag and stuffed them into the back pocket of my jeans.
▪ She tried nibbling at the bulbous wad of meat and then at the toasted roll.
▪ The wads of crumpled transaction slips bulging out of wallets and desk drawers will be no more.
▪ The 20s, 50s and 100s were wrapped with rubber bands in wads of $ 1, 000 each.
▪ The biggest wad of that cash, however, did not go into software, chips, or computers.
▪ You could wad it up into a ball with your fingers, light it, and heat your coffee.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Woad \Woad\, n. [OE. wod, AS. w[=a]d; akin to D. weede, G. waid, OHG. weit, Dan. vaid, veid, Sw. veide, L. vitrum.] [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 It is now superseded by indigo, but is somewhat used with indigo as a ferment in dyeing.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.

    Wild woad (Bot.), the weld ( Reseda luteola). See Weld.

    Woad mill, a mill grinding and preparing woad.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., wadde, "small bunch of fibrous, soft material for padding or stuffing," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Medieval Latin wadda (14c., source also of French ouate, Italian ovate), or Dutch watten (source of German Watte), or Middle English wadmal (c.1300) "coarse woolen cloth," which seems to be from Old Norse vaðmal "a woolen fabric of Scandinavia," probably from vað "cloth" + mal "measure."\n

\nThe meaning "something bundled up tightly" (especially paper currency) is from 1778. To shoot (one's) wad "do all one can do" is recorded from 1914. The immediate source of the expression probably is the sense of "disk of cloth used to hold powder and shot in place in a gun." Wad in slang sense of "a load of semen" is attested from 1920s, and the expression now often is felt in this sense. As a suffix, -wad in 1980s joined -bag, -ball, -head in combinations meaning "disgusting or unpleasant person."


1570s, "put a wad into," from wad (n.). From 1670s as "form into a wad;" 1759 as "pad or stuff with wadding." Related: Wadded; wadding.


n. 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 (context slang English) A sandwich. 5 (context vulgar slang English) An ejaculate of semen. 6 (context mineralogy English) Any black manganese oxide or hydroxide mineral rich rock in the oxidized zone of various ore deposits. vb. 1 To crumple or crush into a compact, amorphous shape or ball. 2 (context Ulster English) To wager. 3 To insert or force a wad into. 4 To stuff or line with some soft substance, or wadding, like cotton.

  1. v. compress into a wad; "wad paper into the box" [syn: pack, bundle, compact]

  2. crowd or pack to capacity; "the theater was jampacked" [syn: jam, jampack, ram, chock up, cram]

  3. [also: wadding, wadded]

  1. n. (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]

  3. [also: wadding, wadded]


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.

Usage examples of "wad".

Actually the money was in bills, Imperial credits as well as Aenean libras, most of it given him in a wad by Sergeant Astaff before he left Windhome.

A little alnico magnet, stuck in exactly the right place with a wad of chewing gum, can erase a hundred thousand units of information before they find it.

It also occurs as arseniate in erythrine, and as oxide in asbolan or earthy cobalt, which is essentially a wad carrying cobalt.

I complained about his tendency to weigh his story down with vast wads of bafflegab and infodump and strain for vaguely poetic sound bites.

She was baith bonny and guid, and pleasant to the hert as to the sicht: she wad hae saved me gien I had been true til her!

Lord wad lift the burden, it wad be baith senseless and thankless to grup at it!

The monster refused to go away even after Bazil heaved hot rocks at it by grasping them with a wad of palm leaves.

He has been out among the bullies and the bosses, and in his mind, if the yeomen have decent clothing and even sandals instead of wads of rags, they are no doubt using money that could be spent on a new suit of armor.

I was setting around doping out big talk, and raising a mighty big wad for the round-up of the whole darnation gang.

Undaunted, Dex unwrapped a wad of bubble gum and popped it into his mouth.

The next moment a thick wad of thousand dinar notes fell from his breast pocket on to the table.

I lose my wad of Treasury notes in the stone quarries, we must get an exhumation order.

This epidemic of rustic rabbis, with their simplistic philosophy and folksy adages, gives the Jewish religious establishment and the Roman occupiers a rare opportunity for cooperation, for the priests resent the devotion and enthusiasm that the uneducated Wad lavishes on these fanatics, and the Romans see them as foci for social unrest in a population already dangerously unstable.

It wad be an ill job for you and your freends if ye was to appear before the Shirra.

Even Rip and Goalie were there with their grandchildren, seated on the top row beside Buster who was eating a wad of blue cotton candy.