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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Wad \Wad\, n. [Probably of Scand. origin; cf. Sw. vadd wadding, Dan vat, D. & G. watte. Cf. Wadmol.] [1913 Webster] 1. A little mass, tuft, or bundle, as of hay or tow. --Holland. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 3. A soft mass, especially of some loose, fibrous substance, used for various purposes, as for stopping an aperture, padding a garment, etc. [1913 Webster] Wed hook, a rod with a screw or hook at the end, used for removing the wad from a gun. [1913 Webster]