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.Young.
(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,Chaucer.
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,
So eagerly the fiend . . .Milton.
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.Dryden.
The king's admirable conduct has waded through all these difficulties.Davenant.
(Wade), v. t. To pass or cross by wading; as, he waded he rivers and swamps.
(Wade) n. The act of wading. [Colloq.]
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.
Wading bird. (Zoöl.) See Wader, 2.
(Wad"ing), a. & n. from Wade, v.