Definition of pada in US English:

pada

(also padam)

noun

  • 1Hinduism. A version of the Vedic text that is separated into individual words, without the application of sandhi; a method of reciting the text according to these word divisions.

  • 2An Indian lyrical poem set to music.

noun

Sanskrit Prosody
  • A line of Sanskrit verse, usually a quarter of a four-line stanza, which constitutes the basic metrical unit of Vedic poetry.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Penny Cyclopaedia. From Sanskrit pada footstep, pace, metrical foot or unit, (later) word, lyric strophe<br>mid 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of the American Oriental Society. From Sanskrit pāda foot, quarter (referring to the foot of a quadruped), verse or line (as the fourth part of a regular stanza).