Main definitions of pad in English

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noun

  • 1A thick piece of soft material used to reduce friction or jarring, enlarge or change the shape of something, or hold or absorb liquid.

    ‘sterile gauze pads’
    • ‘In a second experiment, branchlets were excised from harvested broccoli heads and placed on moistened sterile pads inside plastic pillows.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘First, the normal saline and sterile gauze pads needed for the dressings usually are inexpensive and readily accessible in health care facilities.’
    • ‘The basic material in both pads is soft and springy.’
    • ‘Thick foam, gel pads, and extra linen increase the distance between the patient and electrode and should not be used.’
    • ‘For edging, cutting in and painting flat trim, foam pads provide a convenient alternative to brushes.’
    • ‘The pad is three inches thick, a third of which is closed-cell foam.’
    • ‘Place the end of the plunger on a rubber pad or piece of rubber shelf liner on a table.’
    • ‘Intervertebral disks are soft, cushion-like pads between the bones of your spine (vertebrae).’
    • ‘The pad shapes itself to your leg and the bottom can go inside a sock.’
    • ‘Fold a paper towel or cloth to make a thick pad, as large as the label.’
    • ‘It also has thick pads on its bottom and inside for optimal bowling-shoe protection.’
    • ‘Preformed silicone heel pads designed to absorb shock and distribute weight can provide significant pain relief.’
    • ‘The huge contact area and large gaps between the processor and the heatsink require a thermal pad or thick mesh-reinforced paste.’
    • ‘Unlike road cars that usually use steel brake discs and an organic pad material, F1 cars use carbon discs and carbon pads.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cut the pad shapes to form placemats and arrange them on your table.’
    • ‘First you take an abrasive pad and roughen the material to provide a better gluing surface.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After surgery, a pad or clear piece of surgical tape may be put across your eye to protect it.’
    dressing, compress, pack, padding, wadding, wad, stuffing
    cushion, squab, pillow, bolster
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    1. 1.1
      short for ink pad
    2. 1.2A protective guard worn by a sports player to protect a part of the body from blows.
      • ‘He had his players practice in pads for the next three weeks.’
      • ‘During the game he twitches his head, flails his arms and hits his pads and the goal posts with his stick.’
      • ‘The NHL injury committee continues to work to limit injuries, so that's why at some point every skater will wear new elbow pads.’
      • ‘Hip protectors are plastic shields or foam pads fitted in pockets within specially designed underwear.’
      • ‘In Jacksonville, the players had to wear pads even on Friday, which normally is a light practice day.’
      • ‘Protective pads and headgear would be encouraged to reduce the amount of fatalities right off the bat.’
      • ‘But the players are in pads for the morning workouts, and some work involves full contact.’
      • ‘Tom would joke about the players putting on football pads for the War drill.’
      • ‘Before games, he will spend hours fussing with his pads, his glove, his mask, his sticks - everything.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘An order has been placed with the manufacturers in India, for cricket bats, pads, batting gloves, wicket keeping gloves and protectives for distribution.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘They also wore pads secured by underarm shields to collect perspiration.’
      • ‘But I expect teams will look beyond that, knowing he's a different player with the pads on.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Since the players aren't wearing pads, the contact is reduced significantly.’
      • ‘At those workouts, players perform in full pads and are measured by how they match up against other top players.’
      • ‘First off, your budget should include protection: knee pads, wrist guards, and a helmet.’
      • ‘For example, football players wear pads and a helmet to protect them when they play football.’
  • 2The fleshy underpart of an animal's foot or of a human finger.

  • 3A number of sheets of blank paper fastened together at one edge, used for writing or drawing on.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I tore a sheet of paper from the pad and began my message.’
    • ‘Theo thanked the man as he handed her a small white sheet of paper from the pad he was holding in his tired hands.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Natasha left me with a pad of paper and some writing utensils, some colored wax, and I've taken to drawing.’
    • ‘He asked, poising his pen over a small pad of white paper.’
    • ‘Her hands fell limply into her lap and the drawing pad slipped to the floor, sheets of paper spilling out around her feet.’
    • ‘Just then his brother walked into the room; he quickly flipped the drawing pad to a blank page.’
    • ‘Before every number, Stipe ripped a sheet of paper from a pad with camp theatrical flourish.’
    • ‘So she gently ripped out a sheet of graph paper from her drawing pad and started drawing again.’
    • ‘He could sit down with a drawing pad and sketch out almost every movement of a game.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And they also spent some time either writing or sketching things on some pads of paper they now had with them here.’
    • ‘She turned to her paper pad with the little drawing of the street.’
    • ‘Then I sit down at my desk and stare at a blank pad of paper until I can get myself going.’
    • ‘He squinted and turned the pad of cloud notebook paper over, trying to read her handwriting.’
    • ‘He pulled out several pads of spent drawing paper, some bound with twine, others filled with loose pages.’
    • ‘Edella beams, but doesn't look up from her yellow pad of paper and little drawings.’
    • ‘At one point, he noisily rips a sheet of paper off his pad.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 takeoff and landing or for rocket launching.

    • ‘I executed a running landing and shut down on an adjacent helicopter pad.’
    • ‘A helicopter pad would allow guests and homeowners to get to and from the exclusive estate with ease.’
    • ‘It has a six-cluster house development on site, a helicopter pad and 15 members' cottages.’
    • ‘On arrival at the military hospital, a team of stretcher bearers met wounded soldiers on the helicopter pad.’
    • ‘Deflectors are installed on the engine air intakes to prevent ingestion of dust when taking off from unprepared pads.’
    • ‘Bark covered helicopter pads and sites for parking are provided, making the forests attractive to tourists, trampers, mountain bikers and hunters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There she could see the headquarters very clearly, and all of the different vehicles parked around it, and the helicopter pad.’
    • ‘Shortly afterwards in Washington DC, an aircraft hit the helicopter pad at the Pentagon.’
    • ‘Helicopter pads to supply troops in the mountains, as well as minor roads, were constructed in the winter to improve mobility.’
    • ‘When I emerged I saw the T-plane parked on a helicopter pad on the rooftop of a hospital.’
    • ‘He is also presently looking for a helicopter pad around the Atticall area.’
    • ‘Helicopter pads are on the rise in Mayo with the number of planning applications shooting up in the past year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The guerrillas were driven to the helicopter pad which was established last night in the village.’
    • ‘An important mission tackled by engineer units is preparing touchdown pads for helicopters so as to assure timely airlifts to a conflict escalation area.’
    • ‘Congress has authorized a memorial on the Pentagon's west facade, next to the helicopter pad and near the crash site.’
    • ‘At the bow and stern are two platforms that serve as helicopter pads.’
  • 5informal A person's home.

    ‘the police raided my pad’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So take advantage while you can because you may eventually be moving from a bachelor pad to sharing an apartment with your girlfriend.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Stately homes, luxury country pads, five-star hotels and even budget youth hostels are lining up to provide race fans accommodation.’
  • 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.

  • 7

    short for lily pad

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Fill or cover (something) with a soft material in order to give it a particular shape, protect it or its contents, or make it more comfortable.

    ‘a padded envelope’
    • ‘Thick leather material padded the poles where I would expect the hands and nose to be.’
    • ‘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 chair and sofa were thickly padded, covered with real Ahlbetera leather, the furniture made of real wood.’
    • ‘Tables are decked out with blue covers, and the seats are also padded and covered.’
    • ‘The Morris chair has padded armrests and detachable cushions on the seat and back.’
    • ‘The soft material that used to pad sharp corners has been ripped off and not replaced.’
    • ‘Slamming the door as the postman was just starting to exchange pleasantries about the weather, I tore open the small padded envelope.’
    • ‘Both will be wearing padded chest protectors and head shields.’
    • ‘Bending easily without falling off, she padded a soft material over the wire and fastened it together.’
    • ‘The bottom of the case has four padded feet, which protect the bottom from getting scuffed up.’
    • ‘The inside was also padded and lined with curious little projections.’
    • ‘The tables are large, the wicker chairs are padded and comfortable and the service personnel were happy, dressed in bright floral outfits.’
    • ‘The inside is padded with soft cotton and hand-sewn to a leather sole.’
    • ‘The heavily padded gloves used in boxing are actually employed to protect the boxers' hands, not their opponents' face and body.’
    • ‘It has padded shoulder straps, the covering material is indestructible with a centered carrying handle.’
    • ‘Hmm, I wonder if that's because of the extra fold of material that nicely pads my hips a bit?’
    • ‘The clamping parts are well padded to protect the gun.’
    • ‘The legs are painted khaki green and the top is padded and upholstered.’
    • ‘The ground around the trees was deeply padded with beds of fallen pine needles.’
    • ‘The tables are covered with green tablecloths and the wooden chairs have nice padded cushions which invite you to stay awhile.’
    stuff, fill, pack, line, wad, upholster, cushion
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    1. 1.1North American Add false items to (an expense report or bill) in order to receive unjustified payment.
      ‘faked repairs and padded expenses for government work reaped billions of dollars for the Mafia’
      • ‘The city claims that Carvin showed poor judgment and overstepped his authority in raising issues of attorney bill padding.’
      • ‘For 10 years I climbed up the corporate ladder and filled my house with treasures and padded my bank accounts.’
      • ‘In addition to padding his expense accounts, he is guilty of slanting and exaggerating some of his glibly written articles.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He also alleged widespread professional mischief, including padding bills and keeping animals for ransom.’
      • ‘Doing the job herself allowed her to pad out her expenses claim with fictitious expert help.’
      • ‘The goal is to quickly pad the traveler's frequent-flier accounts with lots of miles - but for not a lot of cash.’

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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pad2

verb

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

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

noun

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

    ‘he heard the pad of feet’
    • ‘She then heard the soft pad of Alexia's feet across the hall floor as she made her way to the kitchen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Caught up in her vision she barely hears the soft pad of approaching paws behind her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The two males held their silence as she finished, all the noise ceased apart from the soft pad of hooves in the night air.’
    • ‘I suddenly fell silent, hearing the near-inaudible pad of feet against carpet.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

pad

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