Something added, especially extraneously or fraudulently: put some padding in the resumé. (noun)
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Use "padding" in a sentence
"Briefly speaking the term padding, as applied to a piece of literature, denotes the presence of irrelevant matter."
"As the day of reckoning approached on a slow wave of inevitability - the new cold snap on the air in the mornings, the crisp red and grey and blue and white uniforms in the shop windows, the darkening evenings, the TV trailers for the glossy new autumn programmes - I could feel the new term padding towards me."
"I hope Neil's wall-padding is firmly in place, it must get quite some wear and tear."