[ pad ]
/ pæd /
a cushionlike mass of soft material used for comfort, protection, or stuffing.
a soft, stuffed cushion used as a saddle; a padded leather saddle without a tree.
a number of sheets of paper glued or otherwise held together at one edge to form a tablet.
a soft, ink-soaked block of absorbent material for inking a rubber stamp.
Anatomy, Zoology. any fleshy mass of tissue that cushions a weight-bearing part of the body, as on the underside of a paw.
the foot, as of a fox, hare, or wolf.
a piece or fold of gauze or other absorbent material for use as a surgical dressing or a protective covering.
Zoology. a pulvillus, as on the tarsus or foot of an insect.
a lily pad.
Rocketry. launch pad.
- one's living quarters, as an apartment or room.
- one's bed.
- a room where people gather to take narcotics; an addicts' den.
- money paid as a bribe to and shared among police officers, as for ignoring law violations.
- a list of police officers receiving such money.
Electricity. a nonadjustable attenuator consisting of a network of fixed resistors.
- a metal plate riveted or welded to a surface as a base or attachment for bolts, hooks, eyes, etc.
- a piece of wood laid on the back of a deck beam to give the deck surface a desired amount of camber.
- a handle for holding various small, interchangeable saw blades.
- Also pod. a socket in a brace for a bit.
Metallurgy. a raised surface on a casting.
a small deposit of weld metal, as for building up a worn surface.
verb (used with object), pad·ded, pad·ding.
to furnish, protect, fill out, or stuff with a pad or padding.
to expand or add to unnecessarily or dishonestly: to pad a speech; to pad an expense account.
Metallurgy. to add metal to (a casting) above its required dimensions, to insure the flow of enough metal to all parts.
verb (used without object), pad·ded, pad·ding.
to insure the proper forging of a piece.
Words nearby pad
Idioms for pad
on the pad, Slang. (of a police officer) receiving a bribe, especially on a regular basis.
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British Dictionary definitions for on the pad (1 of 2)
/ (pæd) /
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
- the fleshy cushion-like underpart of the foot of a cat, dog, etc
- 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
British Dictionary definitions for on the pad (2 of 2)
/ (pæd) /
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
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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Medicine definitions for on the pad
[ păd ]
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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