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[ 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.
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Idioms about pad

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

Origin of pad

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First recorded in 1550–60; originally special uses of obsolete pad “bundle to lie on,” perhaps a blend of pack1 and bed

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[ pad ]
/ pæd /

noun
verb (used with object), pad·ded, pad·ding.
to travel along on foot.
to beat down by treading.
verb (used without object), pad·ded, pad·ding.
to travel on foot; walk.
to walk so that one's footsteps make a dull, muffled sound.

Origin of pad

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First recorded in 1545–55; noun from Middle Dutch or Low German pad “path” (originally thieves' and beggars' slang); hence, apparently, “highwayman” and “horse”); verb from Middle Dutch padden “to make or follow a path,” cognate with Old English pæththan “to traverse,” derivative of pæth; see origin at path; defs. 1, 8 perhaps represent an independent expressive word that has been influenced by other senses

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British Dictionary definitions for pad (1 of 2)

pad1
/ (pæd) /

noun
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 pad (2 of 2)

pad2
/ (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
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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Medical definitions for pad

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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