pad
Pronunciation 1554, "bundle of straw to lie on", unk en from Low German - or vls pad. Noun

pad (plural pads)

  1. A flattened mass of anything soft, to sit or lie on.
  2. A cushion used as a saddle without a tree or frame.
  3. A soft, or small, cushion.
  4. A cushion-like thickening of the skin on the under side of the toes of animals.
  5. The mostly hairless flesh located on the bottom of an animal's foot or paw.
  6. Any cushion-like part of the human body, especially the ends of the fingers.
  7. A stuffed guard or protection, especially one worn on the legs of horses to prevent bruising.
  8. A soft bag or cushion to relieve pressure, support a part, etc.
  9. A sanitary napkin.
  10. (US) A floating leaf of a water lily or similar plant.
  11. (cricket) A soft cover for a batsman's leg that protects it from damage when hit by the ball.
  12. A kind of cushion for writing upon, or for blotting, especially one formed of many flat sheets of writing paper; now especially such a block of paper sheets as used to write on.
  13. A panel or strip of material designed to be sensitive to pressure or touch.
  14. A keypad.
  15. A flat surface or area from which a helicopter or other aircraft may land or be launched.
  16. An electrical extension cord with a multi-port socket one end: "trip cord"
  17. The effect produced by sustained lower reed notes in a musical piece, most common in blues music.
  18. A synthesizer instrument sound used for sustained background sounds.
    Synonyms: synth pad
  19. (US, slang) A bed.
  20. (colloquial) A small house, apartment, or mobile home occupied by a single person; such as a bachelor, playboy, etc.
  21. (UK, slang) A prison cell.
  22. (cryptography) A random key (originally written on a disposable pad) of the same length as the plaintext.
  23. A mousepad.
  24. (electronics) The amount by which a signal has been reduced.
  25. (nautical) A piece of timber fixed on a beam to fit the curve of the deck.
Related terms
  • synth pad
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pad (pads, present participle padding; past and past participle padded)

  1. (transitive) To stuff.
  2. (transitive) To furnish with a pad or padding.
  3. (transitive) To increase the size of, especially by adding undesirable filler.
    The author began to pad her succinct stories with trite descriptions to keep up with current market trends.
    "Obama pads delegate lead ... with win in key western state." Austin American-Statesman newspaper, May 21, 2008.
    ''pad one's expenses.
  4. (transitive) To imbue uniformly with a mordant.
    to pad cloth
  5. (transitive, cricket) To deliberately play the ball with the leg pad instead of the bat.
Translations Noun

pad (plural pads)

  1. (British, dialectal) A toad.
Noun

pad (plural pads)

  1. (British, dialectal, Australia, Ireland) A footpath, particularly one unformed or unmaintained; a road or track. See footpad.
  2. An easy-paced horse; a padnag.
    • 1842, Alfred Tennyson, The Lady of Shalott
      an abbot on an ambling pad
  3. (British, obsolete) A robber that infests the road on foot; a highwayman or footpad.
Noun

pad (plural pads)

  1. (British, dialectal) A type of wickerwork basket, especially as used as a measure of fish or other goods.
Verb

pad (pads, present participle padding; past and past participle padded)

  1. (transitive) To travel along (a road, path etc.).
    • Padding the streets for half a crown.
  2. (intransitive) To travel on foot.
  3. (intransitive) To wear a path by walking.
    • 1855, Robert Browning, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”, XXII
      Who were the strugglers, what war did they wage, / Whose savage trample thus could pad the dank / Soil to a plash? [...]
  4. (intransitive) To walk softly, quietly or steadily, especially without shoes.
    • 1922, Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
      Their feet padded softly on the ground, and they crept quite close to him, twitching their noses, while the Rabbit stared hard to see which side the clockwork stuck out...
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To practise highway robbery.
    • Their chief Argument is, That they never saw any Witches, therefore there are none. Just as if you or I should say, We never met with any Robbers on the Road, therefore there never was any Padding there.
Translations Interjection
  1. Indicating a soft flat sound, as of bare footsteps.
    I heard her soft footsteps, pad, pad along the corridor.
Noun

pad (plural pads)

  1. The sound of soft footsteps, or a similar noise made by an animal etc.



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