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Definition of pad

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1a : a thin flat mat or cushion: such as
(1) : a guard worn to shield body parts against impact
(3) : padding used to shape an article of clothing
(4) : a piece of usually folded absorbent material (such as gauze) used as a surgical dressing or protective covering
(5) : a component of certain brake systems (such as disc brakes) consisting of a plate covered with a frictional material
(6) : a piece of soft stuffed material used as or under a saddle
b : a piece of material saturated with ink for inking the surface of a rubber stamp
2 : a collection of sheets of paper glued or fastened together at one end
3a : the cushioned thickening of the underside of the toes of an animal
b : the foot of an animal
4a : living quarters
b : bed
5a(1) : an area used for helicopter takeoffs and landings
(2) : a section of an airstrip used for warm-ups or turnarounds
c : a horizontal concrete surface (as for parking a mobile home)
6a : a floating leaf of a water plant
b : the flattened, fleshy, paddle-shaped stem segment of a cactus (such as a prickly pear)
padded; padding

Definition of pad (Entry 2 of 5)

transitive verb

1a : to furnish with a pad or padding
2 : to expand or increase especially with needless, misleading, or fraudulent matter pad the sales figures often used with outthey pad out their bibliographies— J. P. Kenyon
padded; padding

Definition of pad (Entry 3 of 5)

transitive verb

: to traverse on foot

intransitive verb

: to go on foot : walk especially : to walk with or as if with padded feet the dog padded along beside him padding around in bedroom slippers

Definition of pad (Entry 4 of 5)

: a soft muffled or slapping sound

Definition of pad (Entry 5 of 5)

1 dialectal British : path
2 : a horse that moves along at an easy pace
3 archaic : footpad

First Known Use of pad

Noun (1)

1554, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (2)

1553, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (2)

1879, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pad

Noun (1)

origin unknown

Verb (2)

perhaps from Middle Dutch paden to follow a path, from pad path

Noun (2)


Noun (3)

Middle Dutch pad

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“Pad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pad. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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Kids Definition of pad

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a tablet of writing or drawing paper
2 : something soft used for protection or comfort : cushion
3 : one of the cushioned parts of the underside of the feet of some animals (as a dog)
4 : a floating leaf of a water plant (as a water lily)
5 : a piece of material that holds ink used in inking rubber stamps


padded; padding

Kids Definition of pad (Entry 2 of 3)

: to move with quiet steps … I rose and padded silently into Mama and Papa's room.— Mildred D. Taylor, Roll of Thunder


padded; padding

Kids Definition of pad (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : to stuff or cover with soft material We made a bed for the dog by padding a box.
2 : to make longer by adding words He likes to pad a speech with humorous stories.


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Medical Definition of pad

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a usually square or rectangular piece of often folded typically absorbent material (as gauze) fixed in place over some part of the body as a dressing or other protective covering
2 : a part of the body or of an appendage that resembles or is suggestive of a cushion : a thick fleshy resilient part: as
a : the sole of the foot or underside of the toes of an animal (as a dog) that is typically thickened so as to form a cushion
b : the underside of the extremities of the fingers especially : the ball of the thumb

Medical Definition of PAD (Entry 2 of 2)

peripheral arterial disease

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