Wading bird. (Zoöl.) See Wader, 2.

2. Any soft stuff of loose texture, used for stuffing or padding garments; esp., sheets of carded cotton prepared for the purpose.

(Wad"dle) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Waddled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Waddling ] [Freq. of wade; cf. AS. wædlian to beg, from wadan to go. See Wade.] To walk with short steps, swaying the body from one side to the other, like a duck or very fat person; to move clumsily and totteringly along; to toddle; to stumble; as, a child waddles when he begins to walk; a goose waddles. Shak.

She drawls her words, and waddles in her pace.

(Wad"dle), v. t. To trample or tread down, as high grass, by walking through it. [R.] Drayton.

(Wad"dler) n. One who, or that which, waddles.

(Wad"dling*ly), adv. In a waddling manner.

(Wade) n. Woad. [Obs.] Mortimer.

(Wade) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Waded; p. pr. & vb. n. Wading.] [OE. waden to wade, to go, AS. wadan; akin to OFries. wada, D. waden, OHG. watan, Icel. vaa, Sw. vada, Dan. vade, L. vadere to go, walk, vadum a ford. Cf. Evade, Invade, Pervade, Waddle.]

1. To go; to move forward. [Obs.]

When might is joined unto cruelty,
Alas, too deep will the venom wade.

Forbear, and wade no further in this speech.
Old Play.

2. To walk in a substance that yields to the feet; to move, sinking at each step, as in water, mud, sand, etc.

So eagerly the fiend . . .
With head, hands, wings, or feet, pursues his way,
And swims, or sinks, or wades, or creeps, or flies.

3. Hence, to move with difficulty or labor; to proceed lowly among objects or circumstances that constantly inder or embarrass; as, to wade through a dull book.

And wades through fumes, and gropes his way.

The king's admirable conduct has waded through all these difficulties.

(Wade), v. t. To pass or cross by wading; as, he waded he rivers and swamps.

(Wade) n. The act of wading. [Colloq.]

(Wad"er) n.

1. One who, or that which, wades.

2. (Zoöl.) Any long-legged bird that wades in the water in search of food, especially any species of limicoline or grallatorial birds; — called also wading bird. See Illust. g, under Aves.

(Wad"ing), a. & n. from Wade, v.

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