Main definitions of pad in English

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noun

  • 1A thick piece of soft material, typically used to protect or shape something, or to absorb liquid:

    ‘a pad of cotton wool’
    • ‘Preformed silicone heel pads designed to absorb shock and distribute weight can provide significant pain relief.’
    • ‘Intervertebral disks are soft, cushion-like pads between the bones of your spine (vertebrae).’
    • ‘First you take an abrasive pad and roughen the material to provide a better gluing surface.’
    • ‘Fold a paper towel or cloth to make a thick pad, as large as the label.’
    • ‘For edging, cutting in and painting flat trim, foam pads provide a convenient alternative to brushes.’
    • ‘If the person is bleeding, cover the wound with a gauze pad or a thick, clean piece of cloth and press on the wound hard enough to stop the bleeding.’
    • ‘The pad shapes itself to your leg and the bottom can go inside a sock.’
    • ‘Like before, after you have put the case where it is going to stand permanently, you can unfold the thick rubber pads to prevent any vibration of the case.’
    • ‘The pad is three inches thick, a third of which is closed-cell foam.’
    • ‘Cut the pad shapes to form placemats and arrange them on your table.’
    • ‘After surgery, a pad or clear piece of surgical tape may be put across your eye to protect it.’
    • ‘The huge contact area and large gaps between the processor and the heatsink require a thermal pad or thick mesh-reinforced paste.’
    • ‘Thick foam, gel pads, and extra linen increase the distance between the patient and electrode and should not be used.’
    • ‘The basic material in both pads is soft and springy.’
    • ‘First, the normal saline and sterile gauze pads needed for the dressings usually are inexpensive and readily accessible in health care facilities.’
    • ‘Place the end of the plunger on a rubber pad or piece of rubber shelf liner on a table.’
    • ‘A squeeze bottle of water and a bucket, obviously for waste elimination, were nearby, and there was a thick pad of foam insulation for him to lay on.’
    • ‘It also has thick pads on its bottom and inside for optimal bowling-shoe protection.’
    • ‘Unlike road cars that usually use steel brake discs and an organic pad material, F1 cars use carbon discs and carbon pads.’
    • ‘In a second experiment, branchlets were excised from harvested broccoli heads and placed on moistened sterile pads inside plastic pillows.’
    dressing, compress, pack, padding, wadding, wad, stuffing
    cushion, squab, pillow, bolster
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    1. 1.1 A protective guard worn by a sports player to protect a part of the body:
      ‘cricket pads’
      • ‘An order has been placed with the manufacturers in India, for cricket bats, pads, batting gloves, wicket keeping gloves and protectives for distribution.’
      • ‘During the game he twitches his head, flails his arms and hits his pads and the goal posts with his stick.’
      • ‘Protective pads and headgear would be encouraged to reduce the amount of fatalities right off the bat.’
      • ‘Hip protectors are plastic shields or foam pads fitted in pockets within specially designed underwear.’
      • ‘Since the players aren't wearing pads, the contact is reduced significantly.’
      • ‘Before games, he will spend hours fussing with his pads, his glove, his mask, his sticks - everything.’
      • ‘First off, your budget should include protection: knee pads, wrist guards, and a helmet.’
      • ‘The NHL injury committee continues to work to limit injuries, so that's why at some point every skater will wear new elbow pads.’
      • ‘One of the first things Lynch does when he gets to his locker is pull his jersey over his shoulder pads and put his protective pads in his pants.’
      • ‘But I expect teams will look beyond that, knowing he's a different player with the pads on.’
      • ‘All that is needed is a pair of inline skates, the club has a supply of full hockey equipment such as sticks, helmets, gloves and pads.’
      • ‘They also wore pads secured by underarm shields to collect perspiration.’
      • ‘In Jacksonville, the players had to wear pads even on Friday, which normally is a light practice day.’
      • ‘For example, football players wear pads and a helmet to protect them when they play football.’
      • ‘But the players are in pads for the morning workouts, and some work involves full contact.’
      • ‘The last two weeks, the players have practiced in pads for only half of the sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays.’
      • ‘Everybody needs to wear protection (protective pads and helmet).’
      • ‘At those workouts, players perform in full pads and are measured by how they match up against other top players.’
      • ‘Tom would joke about the players putting on football pads for the War drill.’
      • ‘He had his players practice in pads for the next three weeks.’
  • 2The fleshy underpart of an animal's foot or of a human finger:

    ‘a dog's pads will bleed profusely if cut’
    • ‘Geebee and Wang have also lost the hair under the pads of their feet, which in the wild is necessary to protect them against ice and snow.’
    • ‘Have you ever seen a baby so small that his whole hand is the size of the pad of your pointer finger?’
    • ‘The pads of their feet and hands were lighter than the rest of their skin, but still darker than the tannest of the men aboard the ship.’
    • ‘He studied the creature carefully, feeling the texture of its skin on its unmarked cheek with the pad of his fingers, keeping the claws well away from it.’
    • ‘He kept biting his lip as twigs bit into the pads of his feet.’
    • ‘Fleshy pads called pallipes are found on the feet of all chinchillids.’
    • ‘Vicious, razor-edged rocks sliced into the pads of his feet, however he paid them no heed as he stalked away, his back straight with confidence and resolution.’
    • ‘Bend your thumb across your palm, touching the tip of your thumb to the pad of your hand just below your pinky finger.’
    • ‘Full is part of the team that discovered in 2000 the adhesive force of the hairs on the pads of gecko feet.’
    • ‘The most distinctive overall fingerprint patterns (arches, loops, and whorls) occur on the pads of the fingers, thumbs, and toes.’
    • ‘He may check the thickness of the pads of the feet as well.’
    • ‘As silent as a mouse I followed him, the pads of my feet barely hitting the dirt.’
    • ‘He tried to gently dab it out with the pad of his finger, but that didn't work.’
    • ‘A dull aching head-ache drummed through her head like finger pads on a drum skin.’
    • ‘He stopped and looked down at his hands before taking his pointer finger and putting the pad of his finger on her cheek.’
    • ‘He frowned again, reaching a hand out and sliding the pads of his fingers down her face.’
    • ‘A little frown between his brows, he ran the pads of his fingers across her flesh.’
    • ‘She felt him touch her but she also felt her skin beneath the pads of his fingers.’
    • ‘She slid over to where he was seated and he took the necklace intending to place it around her neck for her; allowing the pads of his fingers to brush across her bare skin.’
    • ‘Distended finger and toe pads enable them to cling unerringly, leap after leap, to even the most slippery branches.’
  • 3A number of sheets of blank paper fastened together at one edge, used for writing or drawing:

    ‘she sketched something on a big white pad’
    • ‘He squinted and turned the pad of cloud notebook paper over, trying to read her handwriting.’
    • ‘Then I sit down at my desk and stare at a blank pad of paper until I can get myself going.’
    • ‘Emma sat at the edge of the forest with a pad of paper on her lap, a cup of water in the sand, a paintbrush in one hand and a plastic tray filled with colors in the other.’
    • ‘Natasha left me with a pad of paper and some writing utensils, some colored wax, and I've taken to drawing.’
    • ‘At one point, he noisily rips a sheet of paper off his pad.’
    • ‘Before every number, Stipe ripped a sheet of paper from a pad with camp theatrical flourish.’
    • ‘I tore a sheet of paper from the pad and began my message.’
    • ‘While I still in my heart of hearts prefer to work with pencil and lined pads of yellow writing paper, I'm just as likely to sit in front of a blank screen and key in the words there.’
    • ‘And they also spent some time either writing or sketching things on some pads of paper they now had with them here.’
    • ‘He pulled out several pads of spent drawing paper, some bound with twine, others filled with loose pages.’
    • ‘So she gently ripped out a sheet of graph paper from her drawing pad and started drawing again.’
    • ‘He asked, poising his pen over a small pad of white paper.’
    • ‘Each was bound along the left ledge with the kind of rubbery glue used to bind a pad of writing paper and featured jokes and an occasional smidgen of story.’
    • ‘Sitting down in a soft looking patch of grass below a window, she pulled out her drawing supplies and opened the pad to a blank page.’
    • ‘He could sit down with a drawing pad and sketch out almost every movement of a game.’
    • ‘Her hands fell limply into her lap and the drawing pad slipped to the floor, sheets of paper spilling out around her feet.’
    • ‘Edella beams, but doesn't look up from her yellow pad of paper and little drawings.’
    • ‘She turned to her paper pad with the little drawing of the street.’
    • ‘Just then his brother walked into the room; he quickly flipped the drawing pad to a blank page.’
    • ‘Theo thanked the man as he handed her a small white sheet of paper from the pad he was holding in his tired hands.’
    notebook, notepad, writing pad, memo pad, jotter, tablet, block, sketch pad, sketchbook
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  • 4A flat-topped structure or area used for helicopter take-off and landing or for rocket-launching:

    ‘an office building with a helicopter pad’
    • ‘Cape Clear Island, one of the last large islands in Ireland without a helipad is to have a helicopter pad to cater for both day and night time landings.’
    • ‘At the bow and stern are two platforms that serve as helicopter pads.’
    • ‘At the Park Hotel that night, I sat in my room again, looking out at the illuminated Tokyo Tower and the helicopter pads on the roofs of the office blocks below.’
    • ‘Deflectors are installed on the engine air intakes to prevent ingestion of dust when taking off from unprepared pads.’
    • ‘I executed a running landing and shut down on an adjacent helicopter pad.’
    • ‘There she could see the headquarters very clearly, and all of the different vehicles parked around it, and the helicopter pad.’
    • ‘I don't know if there's a helicopter pad at the palace, but there aren't many in the capital for him to land.’
    • ‘It has a six-cluster house development on site, a helicopter pad and 15 members' cottages.’
    • ‘Bark covered helicopter pads and sites for parking are provided, making the forests attractive to tourists, trampers, mountain bikers and hunters.’
    • ‘A helicopter pad would allow guests and homeowners to get to and from the exclusive estate with ease.’
    • ‘Congress has authorized a memorial on the Pentagon's west facade, next to the helicopter pad and near the crash site.’
    • ‘I swerved around and checked on my team mates at the helicopter pad, ready to take off as soon as I gave them the signal.’
    • ‘On arrival at the military hospital, a team of stretcher bearers met wounded soldiers on the helicopter pad.’
    • ‘He is also presently looking for a helicopter pad around the Atticall area.’
    • ‘An important mission tackled by engineer units is preparing touchdown pads for helicopters so as to assure timely airlifts to a conflict escalation area.’
    • ‘Helicopter pads to supply troops in the mountains, as well as minor roads, were constructed in the winter to improve mobility.’
    • ‘Shortly afterwards in Washington DC, an aircraft hit the helicopter pad at the Pentagon.’
    • ‘Helicopter pads are on the rise in Mayo with the number of planning applications shooting up in the past year.’
    • ‘The guerrillas were driven to the helicopter pad which was established last night in the village.’
    • ‘When I emerged I saw the T-plane parked on a helicopter pad on the rooftop of a hospital.’
  • 5informal A person's home:

    ‘the police raided my pad’
    • ‘Stately homes, luxury country pads, five-star hotels and even budget youth hostels are lining up to provide race fans accommodation.’
    • ‘David, 48, a university professor, bought the two-bedroom Victorian terraced maisonette as a bachelor pad seven years ago.’
    • ‘However it is ideal as a bachelor pad or as a starter home.’
    • ‘In Knutsford, which is more renowned for its millionaire pads than cheap starter homes, some estate agents say that they haven't sold to a first-time buyer for over six months.’
    • ‘So take advantage while you can because you may eventually be moving from a bachelor pad to sharing an apartment with your girlfriend.’
    • ‘Sweet covers a vast range of houses, from waterside family homes to urban bachelor pads, each with its each unique slant on the Scandinavian style.’
    • ‘Apparently, this well-heeled, green-fingered chap is so proud of the vastness of the garden at his country pad that he has applied for an EU grant to help to develop it.’
    • ‘Conran originally planned to turn the house into a bachelor pad - the basement was to be a party room but is now a family room.’
  • 6Electronics
    A flat area on a track of a printed circuit or on the edge of an integrated circuit to which wires or component leads can be attached to make an electrical connection.

    • ‘A preformed metal ball held in the concave mouth is bonded to the metal pad of the integrated circuit.’
    • ‘The printed circuit board has a plurality of first electrical pads and a first cutout, the printed circuit board connected to the head disc assembly.’
    • ‘In the relay, a pair of moveable switching contacts is positioned between a pair of fixed electrical contact pads.’
    • ‘These devices consist of a belt with attachable electronic units or electrode pads connected by wires to a power source.’
    • ‘With this arrangement, there is no bonding of the wires to the pads of the support substrate.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1often as adjective paddedFill or cover (something) with a soft material in order to protect or shape it or to make it more comfortable:

    ‘a padded envelope’
    • ‘The tables are covered with green tablecloths and the wooden chairs have nice padded cushions which invite you to stay awhile.’
    • ‘The bottom of the case has four padded feet, which protect the bottom from getting scuffed up.’
    • ‘Thick leather material padded the poles where I would expect the hands and nose to be.’
    • ‘Bending easily without falling off, she padded a soft material over the wire and fastened it together.’
    • ‘The inside was also padded and lined with curious little projections.’
    • ‘Hmm, I wonder if that's because of the extra fold of material that nicely pads my hips a bit?’
    • ‘Adequate ventilation is to be ensured and the vehicles should have padded sides or bedding on the floor so that the animals do not slip and fall.’
    • ‘The clamping parts are well padded to protect the gun.’
    • ‘The chair and sofa were thickly padded, covered with real Ahlbetera leather, the furniture made of real wood.’
    • ‘The soft material that used to pad sharp corners has been ripped off and not replaced.’
    • ‘The legs are painted khaki green and the top is padded and upholstered.’
    • ‘The heavily padded gloves used in boxing are actually employed to protect the boxers' hands, not their opponents' face and body.’
    • ‘Tables are decked out with blue covers, and the seats are also padded and covered.’
    • ‘The inside is padded with soft cotton and hand-sewn to a leather sole.’
    • ‘It has padded shoulder straps, the covering material is indestructible with a centered carrying handle.’
    • ‘Both will be wearing padded chest protectors and head shields.’
    • ‘The Morris chair has padded armrests and detachable cushions on the seat and back.’
    • ‘The ground around the trees was deeply padded with beds of fallen pine needles.’
    • ‘The tables are large, the wicker chairs are padded and comfortable and the service personnel were happy, dressed in bright floral outfits.’
    • ‘Slamming the door as the postman was just starting to exchange pleasantries about the weather, I tore open the small padded envelope.’
    stuff, fill, pack, line, wad, upholster, cushion
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  • 2pad something outLengthen a speech or piece of writing with unnecessary material:

    ‘don't pad out your answer to make it seem impressive’
    • ‘I've got a page full of ideas - it's just a matter of working out where I'm going to get the information from to pad them out properly.’
    • ‘The plot, such as it is, doesn't take up much time, so Tarantino pads his scenes out, sometimes effectively, sometimes less so.’
    • ‘Then he just padded it out to four times its proper length for a feature film.’
    • ‘Honestly, this movie doesn't even really have jokes: it sets up comic situations every now and then, pads them out endlessly looking for something funny, then, not finding a joke lurking anywhere, the film sullenly moves on.’
    • ‘Of course, one of the problems with adapting a short story into a feature length film is the necessity to stretch and pad the story out.’
    • ‘So, how can I pad this out a bit and make it interesting?’
    • ‘All I need to do is get some clip-art to pad it out, and re-write some pages.’
    • ‘The rest of his account is padded out with speeches: a pity, since the family memoir works well on its own and is of more enduring interest.’
    • ‘In order to pad the movie out to a reasonable length (rather than having it end after 70 minutes), a middle act has been added that was not in any of the previous incarnations.’
    • ‘I've done a bit of stuff for a TV show where I was hired as a ringer to come in and pad it out with some extra jokes.’
    spin out, fill out, augment, amplify, increase, add to, stretch out, eke out, flesh out, lengthen, overdo, protract, elaborate
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  • 3North American Defraud by adding false items to (an expenses claim or bill):

    ‘padded expenses for government work reaped billions of dollars for the Mafia’
    • ‘For 10 years I climbed up the corporate ladder and filled my house with treasures and padded my bank accounts.’
    • ‘I'm sure there are some legitimate ones, but my Japanese friends tell me most are ripoffs, padding the bill with all kinds of special services that aren't that special.’
    • ‘To hide the bills from her family, she embezzled US $241,061 from the company over three years by padding her expense account, authorities said.’
    • ‘The city claims that Carvin showed poor judgment and overstepped his authority in raising issues of attorney bill padding.’
    • ‘He also alleged widespread professional mischief, including padding bills and keeping animals for ransom.’
    • ‘But don't add customers just for the sake of padding the client list and the sales figures - as numerous models demonstrate, cash flow is king.’
    • ‘The goal is to quickly pad the traveler's frequent-flier accounts with lots of miles - but for not a lot of cash.’
    • ‘Doing the job herself allowed her to pad out her expenses claim with fictitious expert help.’
    • ‘In addition to padding his expense accounts, he is guilty of slanting and exaggerating some of his glibly written articles.’
  • 4pad up[no object] Put on protective pads in order to play a sport, especially cricket:

    ‘at the age of 90, he still pads up ready to bat’
    • ‘It was as if they'd got all padded up for a cricket match and the opposing team had suddenly run onto the pitch with a rugby ball.’
    • ‘The player told him to pad up with every piece of protective equipment he could find and then stand in the goal and not move one inch.’
    • ‘He quickly got on some whites and boots and ran out to the middle carrying his pads and got padded up out there.’
    • ‘Playing cricket tends to be a case of standing about for hours and then getting padded up for one or two hits.’
    • ‘They had to walk out through the boisterous members' area of the pavilion, then jog back through it a minute later to rush padding up in the 10 minutes allowed, and then walk back through the crowd to start the innings.’
    1. 4.1Cricket (of a batsman) deliberately use one's pads to block a ball:
      ‘Childs fooled the youngster into padding up to a ball which didn't spin away’
      • ‘But I just could not comprehend the way the openers tried to play him by repeatedly padding up.’
      • ‘His second ball, to Strauss, projected from round the wicket to the left-hander, turned prodigiously from out of the rough and, as the batsman padded up, spun across and behind him and pegged back his leg stump.’
      • ‘Batsmen padding up to incoming balls discovered that Balaji could achieve two-way movement at a lively speed.’
      • ‘Shivnarine Chanderpaul padded up to the next delivery, but survived the loud appeal.’
      • ‘The option of padding up to deliveries can be helpful under a given set of circumstances but unfortunately batsmen at the junior level indulge in excessive pad play even under normal conditions.’

Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘bundle of straw to lie on’): the senses may not be of common origin; the meaning ‘underpart of an animal's foot’ is perhaps related to Low German pad sole of the foot; the history remains obscure.

Pronunciation

pad

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Main definitions of pad in English

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verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Walk with steady steps making a soft dull sound:

    ‘she padded along the corridor’
    • ‘Walter chuckled and continued to walk, and Edie padded along with him, wide-eyed in amazement.’
    • ‘He could hear Brian's niece shuffling about, the soft heels of her shoes padding against the carpet.’
    • ‘The paw was about the size of my hand, and I imagined that foot silently padding through the forest in search of a meal.’
    • ‘Mrs. Hollington walked into the kitchen, padding softly across the tiled floor.’
    • ‘She walked that way too, her feet making no sound as they padded along the hardwood floor.’
    • ‘Kate walked softly, her black suede shoes padding faintly on the hardened ground.’
    • ‘He padded along silently, and the only sound was that of our breathing.’
    • ‘She heard a door open and soft footsteps padding down the hall and stairs towards the kitchen.’
    • ‘She could hear the door to Claire's room open and the soft footsteps padding down the stairs.’
    • ‘So I waited for a while longer, and then got up with a roll of my eyes and padded along the corridor.’
    • ‘Opening my bedroom door, I stepped out and padded across the floor to the kitchen, flicking on the small light on the side.’
    • ‘I padded along the corridor and put my head round the door.’
    • ‘Emanuelle walked into her living room, her soles padding softly upon her carpet.’
    • ‘Wrapping the biggest, fluffiest towel I'd ever seen around my body, I stepped out and padded over to the fog free mirror.’
    • ‘She ascended the staircases and padded along the shadowy corridors, making her way back to her bedchambers.’
    • ‘Her feet made barely a sound as she padded across the living room.’
    • ‘Making hardly a sound, she padded across the room and then stopped suddenly and frowned down at her feet.’
    • ‘I open the door to Jake's room, and walk out into the hallway, padding down the stairs slowly.’
    • ‘Pak Rabun was padding along the mulch in the sparse undergrowth when he stopped and went tense.’
    • ‘Scott and Aaron, meanwhile, were padding along, toasty as English muffins, as blithely as if they were at home in their bedroom slippers.’
    walk quietly, tread softly, walk barefoot, walk in stockinged feet, walk in slippers, shuffle, soft-shoe
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    1. 1.1[with object] Tramp along (a road or route) on foot:
      ‘he was padding the streets’
      • ‘I got out of bed and padded my way to my computer and switched it on, connected to the internet and checked my e-mail.’
      • ‘Turning away from my pack I padded the outskirts of the forest that lined the city's boundaries.’
      • ‘Suddenly very curious about what it was, I climbed out of bed and padded my way over to the box.’

noun

  • [in singular] The soft dull sound of steady steps:

    ‘he heard the pad of feet’
    • ‘The soft pad of papyrus reed sandals made me turn around.’
    • ‘Nicci was about to question further when the soft pad of hooves prevented her.’
    • ‘I suddenly fell silent, hearing the near-inaudible pad of feet against carpet.’
    • ‘As you make your way through the woods in the deep snow, the soft pad of your snowshoes and your own heartbeat are about all you can hear.’
    • ‘She then heard the soft pad of Alexia's feet across the hall floor as she made her way to the kitchen.’
    • ‘Caught up in her vision she barely hears the soft pad of approaching paws behind her.’
    • ‘The two males held their silence as she finished, all the noise ceased apart from the soft pad of hooves in the night air.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: from Low German padden to tread, go along a path, partly imitative.

Pronunciation

pad

/pad/