Main definitions of pad in US English:

: pad1pad2

pad1

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’
    • ‘Preformed silicone heel pads designed to absorb shock and distribute weight can provide significant pain relief.’
    • ‘The basic material in both pads is soft and springy.’
    • ‘The huge contact area and large gaps between the processor and the heatsink require a thermal pad or thick mesh-reinforced paste.’
    • ‘First, the normal saline and sterile gauze pads needed for the dressings usually are inexpensive and readily accessible in health care facilities.’
    • ‘Intervertebral disks are soft, cushion-like pads between the bones of your spine (vertebrae).’
    • ‘Unlike road cars that usually use steel brake discs and an organic pad material, F1 cars use carbon discs and carbon pads.’
    • ‘First you take an abrasive pad and roughen the material to provide a better gluing surface.’
    • ‘In a second experiment, branchlets were excised from harvested broccoli heads and placed on moistened sterile pads inside plastic pillows.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cut the pad shapes to form placemats and arrange them on your table.’
    • ‘Fold a paper towel or cloth to make a thick pad, as large as the label.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Place the end of the plunger on a rubber pad or piece of rubber shelf liner on a table.’
    • ‘For edging, cutting in and painting flat trim, foam pads provide a convenient alternative to brushes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The pad is three inches thick, a third of which is closed-cell foam.’
    • ‘Thick foam, gel pads, and extra linen increase the distance between the patient and electrode and should not be used.’
    • ‘It also has thick pads on its bottom and inside for optimal bowling-shoe protection.’
    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 from blows.
      • ‘Tom would joke about the players putting on football pads for the War drill.’
      • ‘In Jacksonville, the players had to wear pads even on Friday, which normally is a light practice day.’
      • ‘The last two weeks, the players have practiced in pads for only half of the sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays.’
      • ‘During the game he twitches his head, flails his arms and hits his pads and the goal posts with his stick.’
      • ‘Hip protectors are plastic shields or foam pads fitted in pockets within specially designed underwear.’
      • ‘At those workouts, players perform in full pads and are measured by how they match up against other top players.’
      • ‘He had his players practice in pads for the next three weeks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But I expect teams will look beyond that, knowing he's a different player with the pads on.’
      • ‘They also wore pads secured by underarm shields to collect perspiration.’
      • ‘Before games, he will spend hours fussing with his pads, his glove, his mask, his sticks - everything.’
      • ‘Everybody needs to wear protection (protective pads and helmet).’
      • ‘Since the players aren't wearing pads, the contact is reduced significantly.’
      • ‘But the players are in pads for the morning workouts, and some work involves full contact.’
      • ‘An order has been placed with the manufacturers in India, for cricket bats, pads, batting gloves, wicket keeping gloves and protectives for distribution.’
      • ‘For example, football players wear pads and a helmet to protect them when they play football.’
      • ‘First off, your budget should include protection: knee pads, wrist guards, and a helmet.’
      • ‘Protective pads and headgear would be encouraged to reduce the amount of fatalities right off the bat.’
      • ‘The NHL injury committee continues to work to limit injuries, so that's why at some point every skater will wear new elbow pads.’
  • 2The fleshy underpart of an animal's foot or of a human 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A dull aching head-ache drummed through her head like finger pads on a drum skin.’
    • ‘She felt him touch her but she also felt her skin beneath the pads of his fingers.’
    • ‘A little frown between his brows, he ran the pads of his fingers across her flesh.’
    • ‘Have you ever seen a baby so small that his whole hand is the size of the pad of your pointer finger?’
    • ‘As silent as a mouse I followed him, the pads of my feet barely hitting the dirt.’
    • ‘He kept biting his lip as twigs bit into the pads of his feet.’
    • ‘The most distinctive overall fingerprint patterns (arches, loops, and whorls) occur on the pads of the fingers, thumbs, and toes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He frowned again, reaching a hand out and sliding the pads of his fingers down her face.’
    • ‘Distended finger and toe pads enable them to cling unerringly, leap after leap, to even the most slippery branches.’
    • ‘Full is part of the team that discovered in 2000 the adhesive force of the hairs on the pads of gecko feet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He may check the thickness of the pads of the feet as well.’
    • ‘He tried to gently dab it out with the pad of his finger, but that didn't work.’
    • ‘He stopped and looked down at his hands before taking his pointer finger and putting the pad of his finger on her cheek.’
    • ‘Fleshy pads called pallipes are found on the feet of all chinchillids.’
    • ‘Bend your thumb across your palm, touching the tip of your thumb to the pad of your hand just below your pinky finger.’
  • 3A number of sheets of blank paper fastened together at one edge, used for writing or drawing.

    • ‘She turned to her paper pad with the little drawing of the street.’
    • ‘He pulled out several pads of spent drawing paper, some bound with twine, others filled with loose pages.’
    • ‘He could sit down with a drawing pad and sketch out almost every movement of a game.’
    • ‘He squinted and turned the pad of cloud notebook paper over, trying to read her handwriting.’
    • ‘Natasha left me with a pad of paper and some writing utensils, some colored wax, and I've taken to drawing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He asked, poising his pen over a small pad of white paper.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I tore a sheet of paper from the pad and began my message.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her hands fell limply into her lap and the drawing pad slipped to the floor, sheets of paper spilling out around her feet.’
    • ‘Theo thanked the man as he handed her a small white sheet of paper from the pad he was holding in his tired hands.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then I sit down at my desk and stare at a blank pad of paper until I can get myself going.’
    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.

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

    ‘the police raided my pad’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Stately homes, luxury country pads, five-star hotels and even budget youth hostels are lining up to provide race fans accommodation.’
    • ‘So take advantage while you can because you may eventually be moving from a bachelor pad to sharing an apartment with your girlfriend.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘David, 48, a university professor, bought the two-bedroom Victorian terraced maisonette as a bachelor pad seven years ago.’
  • 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.

    • ‘With this arrangement, there is no bonding of the wires to the pads of the support substrate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A preformed metal ball held in the concave mouth is bonded to the metal pad of the integrated circuit.’
  • 7

    short for lily pad

verb

[with object]often as adjective padded
  • 1Fill 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’
    • ‘The ground around the trees was deeply padded with beds of fallen pine needles.’
    • ‘The soft material that used to pad sharp corners has been ripped off and not replaced.’
    • ‘The bottom of the case has four padded feet, which protect the bottom from getting scuffed up.’
    • ‘Bending easily without falling off, she padded a soft material over the wire and fastened it together.’
    • ‘The tables are covered with green tablecloths and the wooden chairs have nice padded cushions which invite you to stay awhile.’
    • ‘The Morris chair has padded armrests and detachable cushions on the seat and back.’
    • ‘The tables are large, the wicker chairs are padded and comfortable and the service personnel were happy, dressed in bright floral outfits.’
    • ‘Tables are decked out with blue covers, and the seats are also padded and covered.’
    • ‘It has padded shoulder straps, the covering material is indestructible with a centered carrying handle.’
    • ‘The inside is padded with soft cotton and hand-sewn to a leather sole.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both will be wearing padded chest protectors and head shields.’
    • ‘Thick leather material padded the poles where I would expect the hands and nose to be.’
    • ‘The chair and sofa were thickly padded, covered with real Ahlbetera leather, the furniture made of real wood.’
    • ‘The inside was also padded and lined with curious little projections.’
    • ‘The heavily padded gloves used in boxing are actually employed to protect the boxers' hands, not their opponents' face and body.’
    • ‘The legs are painted khaki green and the top is padded and upholstered.’
    • ‘Slamming the door as the postman was just starting to exchange pleasantries about the weather, I tore open the small padded envelope.’
    • ‘Hmm, I wonder if that's because of the extra fold of material that nicely pads my hips a bit?’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Doing the job herself allowed her to pad out her expenses claim with fictitious expert help.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He also alleged widespread professional mischief, including padding bills and keeping animals for ransom.’
      • ‘The city claims that Carvin showed poor judgment and overstepped his authority in raising issues of attorney bill padding.’
      • ‘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

/pad//pæd/

Main definitions of pad in US English:

: pad1pad2

pad2

verb

  • 1no object, with adverbial of direction Walk with steady steps making a soft dull sound.

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

noun

  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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

/pæd//pad/