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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]


1 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] [also: wadding, wadded]

User Contributed Dictionary

see WAD




  1. An amorphous, compact mass.
    Our cat loves to play with a small wad of paper.
  2. A substantial pile (normally of money).
    With a wad of cash like that, she should not have been walking round Manhattan
  3. A soft plug or seal, particularly as used between the powder and pellets in a shotgun cartridge.
  4. an ejaculation of semen.


compact mass
pile of money
soft plug


  1. To crumple or crush into a compact, amorphous shape or ball.
    She wadded up the scrap of paper and threw it in the trash.

Old English


Common Germanic *wai(s)da-, whence also Old High German weit






Extensive Definition

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 in Italian: Wad
wad in Portuguese: Wad

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