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padding

[′pad·iŋ]
(computer science)
The adding of meaningless data (usually blanks) to a unit of data to bring it up to some fixed size.

padding

Bits or characters that fill up unused portions of a data structure, such as a field, packet or frame. Typically, padding is done at the end of the structure to fill it up with data, with the padding usually consisting of 1 bits, blank characters or null characters. See null and bit stuffing.
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