Main definitions of pad in English

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Pronunciation /pad/ /pæd/

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noun

  • 1A thick piece of soft material used to reduce friction or jarring, enlarge or change the shape of something, or hold or absorb liquid.

    ‘sterile gauze pads’
    • ‘The basic material in both pads is soft and springy.’
    • ‘If the person is bleeding, cover the wound with a gauze pad or a thick, clean piece of cloth and press on the wound hard enough to stop the bleeding.’
    • ‘First, the normal saline and sterile gauze pads needed for the dressings usually are inexpensive and readily accessible in health care facilities.’
    • ‘Intervertebral disks are soft, cushion-like pads between the bones of your spine (vertebrae).’
    • ‘The pad is three inches thick, a third of which is closed-cell foam.’
    • ‘Thick foam, gel pads, and extra linen increase the distance between the patient and electrode and should not be used.’
    • ‘A squeeze bottle of water and a bucket, obviously for waste elimination, were nearby, and there was a thick pad of foam insulation for him to lay on.’
    • ‘The pad shapes itself to your leg and the bottom can go inside a sock.’
    • ‘The huge contact area and large gaps between the processor and the heatsink require a thermal pad or thick mesh-reinforced paste.’
    • ‘After surgery, a pad or clear piece of surgical tape may be put across your eye to protect it.’
    • ‘First you take an abrasive pad and roughen the material to provide a better gluing surface.’
    • ‘In a second experiment, branchlets were excised from harvested broccoli heads and placed on moistened sterile pads inside plastic pillows.’
    • ‘Like before, after you have put the case where it is going to stand permanently, you can unfold the thick rubber pads to prevent any vibration of the case.’
    • ‘Unlike road cars that usually use steel brake discs and an organic pad material, F1 cars use carbon discs and carbon pads.’
    • ‘Place the end of the plunger on a rubber pad or piece of rubber shelf liner on a table.’
    • ‘Preformed silicone heel pads designed to absorb shock and distribute weight can provide significant pain relief.’
    • ‘It also has thick pads on its bottom and inside for optimal bowling-shoe protection.’
    • ‘Fold a paper towel or cloth to make a thick pad, as large as the label.’
    • ‘Cut the pad shapes to form placemats and arrange them on your table.’
    • ‘For edging, cutting in and painting flat trim, foam pads provide a convenient alternative to brushes.’
    dressing, compress, pack, padding, wadding, wad, stuffing
    cushion, squab, pillow, bolster
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    1. 1.1A protective guard worn by a sports player to protect a part of the body from blows.
      ‘cricket pads’
      • ‘Since the players aren't wearing pads, the contact is reduced significantly.’
      • ‘In Jacksonville, the players had to wear pads even on Friday, which normally is a light practice day.’
      • ‘For example, football players wear pads and a helmet to protect them when they play football.’
      • ‘But the players are in pads for the morning workouts, and some work involves full contact.’
      • ‘An order has been placed with the manufacturers in India, for cricket bats, pads, batting gloves, wicket keeping gloves and protectives for distribution.’
      • ‘Tom would joke about the players putting on football pads for the War drill.’
      • ‘At those workouts, players perform in full pads and are measured by how they match up against other top players.’
      • ‘He had his players practice in pads for the next three weeks.’
      • ‘But I expect teams will look beyond that, knowing he's a different player with the pads on.’
      • ‘The last two weeks, the players have practiced in pads for only half of the sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays.’
      • ‘First off, your budget should include protection: knee pads, wrist guards, and a helmet.’
      • ‘One of the first things Lynch does when he gets to his locker is pull his jersey over his shoulder pads and put his protective pads in his pants.’
      • ‘Before games, he will spend hours fussing with his pads, his glove, his mask, his sticks - everything.’
      • ‘Everybody needs to wear protection (protective pads and helmet).’
      • ‘They also wore pads secured by underarm shields to collect perspiration.’
      • ‘During the game he twitches his head, flails his arms and hits his pads and the goal posts with his stick.’
      • ‘Protective pads and headgear would be encouraged to reduce the amount of fatalities right off the bat.’
      • ‘Hip protectors are plastic shields or foam pads fitted in pockets within specially designed underwear.’
      • ‘All that is needed is a pair of inline skates, the club has a supply of full hockey equipment such as sticks, helmets, gloves and pads.’
      • ‘The NHL injury committee continues to work to limit injuries, so that's why at some point every skater will wear new elbow pads.’
  • 2The fleshy underpart of an animal's foot or of a human finger.

    • ‘a dog's pads will bleed profusely if cut’
  • 3A number of sheets of blank paper fastened together at one edge, used for writing or drawing.

    ‘she sketched something on a big white pad’
    • ‘So she gently ripped out a sheet of graph paper from her drawing pad and started drawing again.’
    • ‘Each was bound along the left ledge with the kind of rubbery glue used to bind a pad of writing paper and featured jokes and an occasional smidgen of story.’
    • ‘Then I sit down at my desk and stare at a blank pad of paper until I can get myself going.’
    • ‘He pulled out several pads of spent drawing paper, some bound with twine, others filled with loose pages.’
    • ‘She turned to her paper pad with the little drawing of the street.’
    • ‘While I still in my heart of hearts prefer to work with pencil and lined pads of yellow writing paper, I'm just as likely to sit in front of a blank screen and key in the words there.’
    • ‘Just then his brother walked into the room; he quickly flipped the drawing pad to a blank page.’
    • ‘And they also spent some time either writing or sketching things on some pads of paper they now had with them here.’
    • ‘He asked, poising his pen over a small pad of white paper.’
    • ‘At one point, he noisily rips a sheet of paper off his pad.’
    • ‘Her hands fell limply into her lap and the drawing pad slipped to the floor, sheets of paper spilling out around her feet.’
    • ‘Before every number, Stipe ripped a sheet of paper from a pad with camp theatrical flourish.’
    • ‘He could sit down with a drawing pad and sketch out almost every movement of a game.’
    • ‘He squinted and turned the pad of cloud notebook paper over, trying to read her handwriting.’
    • ‘Theo thanked the man as he handed her a small white sheet of paper from the pad he was holding in his tired hands.’
    • ‘Emma sat at the edge of the forest with a pad of paper on her lap, a cup of water in the sand, a paintbrush in one hand and a plastic tray filled with colors in the other.’
    • ‘I tore a sheet of paper from the pad and began my message.’
    • ‘Edella beams, but doesn't look up from her yellow pad of paper and little drawings.’
    • ‘Sitting down in a soft looking patch of grass below a window, she pulled out her drawing supplies and opened the pad to a blank page.’
    • ‘Natasha left me with a pad of paper and some writing utensils, some colored wax, and I've taken to drawing.’
    notebook, notepad, writing pad, memo pad, tablet, sketch pad, sketchbook
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  • 4A flat-topped structure or area used for helicopter takeoff and landing or for rocket launching.

    ‘an office building with a helicopter pad’
    • ‘I swerved around and checked on my team mates at the helicopter pad, ready to take off as soon as I gave them the signal.’
    • ‘He is also presently looking for a helicopter pad around the Atticall area.’
    • ‘Cape Clear Island, one of the last large islands in Ireland without a helipad is to have a helicopter pad to cater for both day and night time landings.’
    • ‘Shortly afterwards in Washington DC, an aircraft hit the helicopter pad at the Pentagon.’
    • ‘An important mission tackled by engineer units is preparing touchdown pads for helicopters so as to assure timely airlifts to a conflict escalation area.’
    • ‘There she could see the headquarters very clearly, and all of the different vehicles parked around it, and the helicopter pad.’
    • ‘Congress has authorized a memorial on the Pentagon's west facade, next to the helicopter pad and near the crash site.’
    • ‘On arrival at the military hospital, a team of stretcher bearers met wounded soldiers on the helicopter pad.’
    • ‘It has a six-cluster house development on site, a helicopter pad and 15 members' cottages.’
    • ‘When I emerged I saw the T-plane parked on a helicopter pad on the rooftop of a hospital.’
    • ‘I don't know if there's a helicopter pad at the palace, but there aren't many in the capital for him to land.’
    • ‘I executed a running landing and shut down on an adjacent helicopter pad.’
    • ‘Bark covered helicopter pads and sites for parking are provided, making the forests attractive to tourists, trampers, mountain bikers and hunters.’
    • ‘At the Park Hotel that night, I sat in my room again, looking out at the illuminated Tokyo Tower and the helicopter pads on the roofs of the office blocks below.’
    • ‘Helicopter pads to supply troops in the mountains, as well as minor roads, were constructed in the winter to improve mobility.’
    • ‘At the bow and stern are two platforms that serve as helicopter pads.’
    • ‘Helicopter pads are on the rise in Mayo with the number of planning applications shooting up in the past year.’
    • ‘The guerrillas were driven to the helicopter pad which was established last night in the village.’
    • ‘A helicopter pad would allow guests and homeowners to get to and from the exclusive estate with ease.’
    • ‘Deflectors are installed on the engine air intakes to prevent ingestion of dust when taking off from unprepared pads.’
  • 5informal A person's home.

    • ‘the police raided my pad’
    • ‘Stately homes, luxury country pads, five-star hotels and even budget youth hostels are lining up to provide race fans accommodation.’
    • ‘However it is ideal as a bachelor pad or as a starter home.’
    • ‘In Knutsford, which is more renowned for its millionaire pads than cheap starter homes, some estate agents say that they haven't sold to a first-time buyer for over six months.’
    • ‘Sweet covers a vast range of houses, from waterside family homes to urban bachelor pads, each with its each unique slant on the Scandinavian style.’
    • ‘David, 48, a university professor, bought the two-bedroom Victorian terraced maisonette as a bachelor pad seven years ago.’
    • ‘Conran originally planned to turn the house into a bachelor pad - the basement was to be a party room but is now a family room.’
    • ‘Apparently, this well-heeled, green-fingered chap is so proud of the vastness of the garden at his country pad that he has applied for an EU grant to help to develop it.’
  • 6Electronics
    A flat area on a track of a printed circuit or on the edge of an integrated circuit to which wires or component leads can be attached to make an electrical connection.

  • 7

    short for lily pad

transitive verbpads, padding, padded

[with object]
  • 1Fill or cover (something) with soft material in order to protect it or its contents, make it more comfortable, or give it a particular shape.

    ‘the boxing gloves are padded with impact-resistant foam rubber’
    • ‘wrap dishes and glassware individually, and pad the box with paper or bubble wrap’
    stuff, fill, pack, line, wad, upholster, cushion
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  • 2usually pad something outLengthen a speech, piece of writing, etc. with unnecessary material.

    ‘don't pad out your answer to make it seem impressive’
    • ‘the short review is padded with irrelevant blather about “Monty Python”’
    spin out, fill out, augment, amplify, increase, add to, stretch out, eke out, flesh out, lengthen, overdo, protract, elaborate
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  • 3North American Add false items to (an expenses claim or bill) in order to receive unjustified payment.

    • ‘the indictment alleges that he padded expenses and claimed wages for work he didn't do’

Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘bundle of straw to lie on’): the senses may not be of common origin; the meaning ‘underpart of an animal's foot’ is perhaps related to Low German pad ‘sole of the foot’; the history remains obscure.

Main definitions of pad in English

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pad2

Pronunciation /pad/ /pæd/

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verbpads, padding, padded

no object, with adverbial of direction
  • 1Walk with steady steps making a soft dull sound.

    ‘she padded along the corridor’
    • ‘Walter chuckled and continued to walk, and Edie padded along with him, wide-eyed in amazement.’
    • ‘She walked that way too, her feet making no sound as they padded along the hardwood floor.’
    • ‘I padded along the corridor and put my head round the door.’
    • ‘So I waited for a while longer, and then got up with a roll of my eyes and padded along the corridor.’
    • ‘She ascended the staircases and padded along the shadowy corridors, making her way back to her bedchambers.’
    • ‘Opening my bedroom door, I stepped out and padded across the floor to the kitchen, flicking on the small light on the side.’
    • ‘Making hardly a sound, she padded across the room and then stopped suddenly and frowned down at her feet.’
    • ‘Wrapping the biggest, fluffiest towel I'd ever seen around my body, I stepped out and padded over to the fog free mirror.’
    • ‘Her feet made barely a sound as she padded across the living room.’
    • ‘He padded along silently, and the only sound was that of our breathing.’
    • ‘She could hear the door to Claire's room open and the soft footsteps padding down the stairs.’
    • ‘Mrs. Hollington walked into the kitchen, padding softly across the tiled floor.’
    • ‘I open the door to Jake's room, and walk out into the hallway, padding down the stairs slowly.’
    • ‘Emanuelle walked into her living room, her soles padding softly upon her carpet.’
    • ‘She heard a door open and soft footsteps padding down the hall and stairs towards the kitchen.’
    • ‘Kate walked softly, her black suede shoes padding faintly on the hardened ground.’
    • ‘Pak Rabun was padding along the mulch in the sparse undergrowth when he stopped and went tense.’
    • ‘Scott and Aaron, meanwhile, were padding along, toasty as English muffins, as blithely as if they were at home in their bedroom slippers.’
    • ‘He could hear Brian's niece shuffling about, the soft heels of her shoes padding against the carpet.’
    • ‘The paw was about the size of my hand, and I imagined that foot silently padding through the forest in search of a meal.’
    walk quietly, tread softly, walk barefoot, walk in stockinged feet, walk in slippers, shuffle, soft-shoe
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    1. 1.1with object Travel along (a road or route) on foot.
      ‘he was padding the streets’
      • ‘Turning away from my pack I padded the outskirts of the forest that lined the city's boundaries.’
      • ‘I got out of bed and padded my way to my computer and switched it on, connected to the internet and checked my e-mail.’
      • ‘Suddenly very curious about what it was, I climbed out of bed and padded my way over to the box.’

noun

in singular
  • The soft dull sound of steady steps.

    ‘he heard the pad of feet’
    • ‘She then heard the soft pad of Alexia's feet across the hall floor as she made her way to the kitchen.’
    • ‘Caught up in her vision she barely hears the soft pad of approaching paws behind her.’
    • ‘I suddenly fell silent, hearing the near-inaudible pad of feet against carpet.’
    • ‘The two males held their silence as she finished, all the noise ceased apart from the soft pad of hooves in the night air.’
    • ‘The soft pad of papyrus reed sandals made me turn around.’
    • ‘As you make your way through the woods in the deep snow, the soft pad of your snowshoes and your own heartbeat are about all you can hear.’
    • ‘Nicci was about to question further when the soft pad of hooves prevented her.’

Origin

Mid 16th century from Low German padden ‘to tread, go along a path’, partly imitative.