pad

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noun

verb (used with object), pad·ded, pad·ding.

verb (used without object), pad·ded, pad·ding.

to insure the proper forging of a piece.

Idioms

    on the pad, Slang. (of a police officer) receiving a bribe, especially on a regular basis.

Origin of pad

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1545–55; orig. special uses of obsolete pad bundle to lie on, perhaps blend of pack1 and bed
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British Dictionary definitions for on the pad

pad

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noun

a thick piece of soft material used to make something comfortable, give it shape, or protect it
a guard made of flexible resilient material worn in various sports to protect parts of the body
Also called: stamp pad, ink pad a block of firm absorbent material soaked with ink for transferring to a rubber stamp
Also called: notepad, writing pad a number of sheets of paper fastened together along one edge
a flat piece of stiff material used to back a piece of blotting paper
  1. the fleshy cushion-like underpart of the foot of a cat, dog, etc
  2. any of the parts constituting such a structure
any of various level surfaces or flat-topped structures, such as a launch pad
entomol a nontechnical name for pulvillus
the large flat floating leaf of the water lily
electronics a resistive attenuator network inserted in the path of a signal to reduce amplitude or to match one circuit to another
slang a person's residence
slang a bed or bedroom

verb pads, padding or padded (tr)

to line, stuff, or fill out with soft material, esp in order to protect or give shape to
(often foll by out) to inflate with irrelevant or false informationto pad out a story

Word Origin for pad

C16: origin uncertain; compare Low German pad sole of the foot

pad

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verb pads, padding or padded

(intr; often foll by along, up, etc) to walk with a soft or muffled tread
(when intr, often foll by around) to travel (a route) on foot, esp at a slow pace; trampto pad around the country

noun

a dull soft sound, esp of footsteps
archaic short for footpad
archaic, or dialect a slow-paced horse; nag
Australian a path or tracka cattle pad

Word Origin for pad

C16: perhaps from Middle Dutch paden, from pad path
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Word Origin and History for on the pad

pad

n.

1550s, "bundle of straw to lie on," possibly from or related to Low German or obsolete Flemish pad "sole of the foot," which is perhaps from PIE *pent- "to tread, go" (see find (v.)), but cf. path (n.). Meaning "cushion-like part of an animal foot" is from 1790 in English. Generalized sense of "something soft" is from c.1700; the sense of "a number of sheets fastened together" (in writing pad, drawing pad, etc.) is from 1865.

Sense of "takeoff or landing place for a helicopter" is from 1960. The word persisted in underworld slang from early 18c. in the sense "sleeping place," and was popularized again c.1959, originally in beatnik speech (later hippie slang) in its original English sense of "place to sleep temporarily."

pad

v.1

"to walk," 1550s, probably from Middle Dutch paden "walk along a path, make a path," from pad, pat "path." Originally criminals' slang, perhaps of imitative origin (sound of feet trudging on a dirt road). Related: Padded; padding.

pad

v.2

"to stuff, increase the amount of," 1827, from pad (n.); transferred to expense accounts, etc. from 1913. Related: Padded; padding. Notion of a padded cell in an asylum or prison is from 1862 (padded room).

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on the pad in Medicine

pad

[păd]

n.

A soft material forming a cushion, used in applying or relieving pressure on a part, or in filling a depression so that dressings can fit snugly.
A fatty mass of tissue acting as a cushion in the body, such as the fleshy underside of a finger or toe.
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