Batting is the soft, plush material on the inside of a blanket or quilt. When you make a quilt, you sew the front to the back with a layer of batting in between.

Batting is sometimes called wadding in the UK. It's usually made of cotton, and it adds thickness and warmth to a blanket. You might see batting used as imitation snow in a department store window, as well. The word comes from the now-obsolete bat, "felted mass of fur or wool," from the idea of "beaten" or "batted" fabric.

Definitions of batting
  1. noun
    (baseball) the batter's attempt to get on base
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    type of:
    attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try
    earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
  2. noun
    stuffing made of rolls or sheets of cotton wool or synthetic fiber
    synonyms: batten
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    type of:
    padding put in mattresses and cushions and upholstered furniture
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