[ pad ]
/ pæd /


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 for pad

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

Origin of pad

1545–55; orig. special uses of obsolete pad bundle to lie on, perhaps blend of pack1 and bed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for on the pad (1 of 2)

/ (pæd) /


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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