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noun (1)

foot·​pad ˈfu̇t-ˌpad How to pronounce footpad (audio)
: a criminal who robs pedestrians


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noun (2)

: a flattish foot on the leg of a spacecraft for distributing weight to minimize sinking into a surface

Examples of footpad in a Sentence

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The board itself has non-slip footpads and several LED lights for battery status, night-time riding illumination, and just pure fun. Cheryl Fenton, Parents, 14 June 2023 Explore detoxification products: There are various detoxification products available in the market, such as detox footpads, that claim to expedite the elimination of delta 8 THC from your body. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 25 July 2023 To move forward, the rider presses their toes down evenly, increasing the angle of the footpads to accelerate. Cheryl Fenton, Parents, 14 June 2023 Some twist their handlebars, others their footpad. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 June 2022 Pictured is a mohair teddy, five-way jointed, #149 and signed by Doris and Terry Michaud on the right footpad. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 6 Jan. 2022

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Word History


Noun (1)

foot + pad highwayman, probably from pad entry 1

Noun (2)

foot + pad entry 3

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1670, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of footpad was in 1670

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Cite this Entry

“Footpad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a somewhat flat foot on the leg of a spacecraft for distributing weight to decrease sinking into a surface (as on the moon)

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