One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who or thing which pads.
2Textiles. A machine for impregnating fabric with a liquid or paste by pressing between rollers.
3Electronics. A capacitor (usually adjustable) connected in series in a tuned circuit in order to improve the tracking with another tuned circuit at low frequencies when the tuning of the two circuits is ganged (as in a superheterodyne).
A kind of bat with a rounded solid wooden head, for playing padder tennis.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803–1873), writer and politician. From pad + -er<br>1920s; earliest use found in The Times. Probably from pad- + -er.
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