footpad

noun (1)
foot·​pad | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌpad How to pronounce footpad (audio) \

Definition of footpad

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a criminal who robs pedestrians

footpad

noun (2)

Definition of footpad (Entry 2 of 2)

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

First Known Use of footpad

Noun (1)

1670, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for footpad

Noun (1)

foot + pad highwayman, probably from pad entry 1

Noun (2)

foot + pad entry 3

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“Footpad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/footpad. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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