What does pad mean?

Definitions for pad

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pad, pad of paper, tablet(noun)

    a number of sheets of paper fastened together along one edge

  2. pad(noun)

    the large floating leaf of an aquatic plant (as the water lily)

  3. pad, inkpad, inking pad, stamp pad(noun)

    a block of absorbent material saturated with ink; used to transfer ink evenly to a rubber stamp

  4. pad(noun)

    a flat mass of soft material used for protection, stuffing, or comfort

  5. launching pad, launchpad, launch pad, launch area, pad(noun)

    a platform from which rockets or space craft are launched

  6. diggings, digs, domiciliation, lodgings, pad(noun)

    temporary living quarters

  7. pad(verb)

    the fleshy cushion-like underside of an animal's foot or of a human's finger

  8. embroider, pad, lard, embellish, aggrandize, aggrandise, blow up, dramatize, dramatise(verb)

    add details to

  9. slog, footslog, plod, trudge, pad, tramp(verb)

    walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud

    "Mules plodded in a circle around a grindstone"

  10. pad, fill out(verb)

    line or stuff with soft material

    "pad a bra"

  11. pad, bolster(verb)

    add padding to

    "pad the seat of the chair"


  1. Pad(n.)

    A sum of money paid as a bribe to police officers, shared among them; also, the list of such officers receiving such a bribe.

  2. Origin: [Perh. akin to pod.]


  1. pad(Noun)

    The sound of soft footsteps, or a similar noise made by an animal etc.

  2. Origin: From or pat.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pad(noun)

    a footpath; a road

  2. Pad(noun)

    an easy-paced horse; a padnag

  3. Pad(noun)

    a robber that infests the road on foot; a highwayman; -- usually called a footpad

  4. Pad(noun)

    the act of robbing on the highway

  5. Pad(verb)

    to travel upon foot; to tread

  6. Pad(verb)

    to travel heavily or slowly

  7. Pad(verb)

    to rob on foot

  8. Pad(verb)

    to wear a path by walking

  9. Pad(noun)

    a soft, or small, cushion; a mass of anything soft; stuffing

  10. Pad(noun)

    a kind of cushion for writing upon, or for blotting; esp., one formed of many flat sheets of writing paper, or layers of blotting paper; a block of paper

  11. Pad(noun)

    a cushion used as a saddle without a tree or frame

  12. Pad(noun)

    a stuffed guard or protection; esp., one worn on the legs of horses to prevent bruising

  13. Pad(noun)

    a cushionlike thickening of the skin one the under side of the toes of animals

  14. Pad(noun)

    a floating leaf of a water lily or similar plant

  15. Pad(noun)

    a soft bag or cushion to relieve pressure, support a part, etc

  16. Pad(noun)

    a piece of timber fixed on a beam to fit the curve of the deck

  17. Pad(noun)

    a measure for fish; as, sixty mackerel go to a pad; a basket of soles

  18. Pad(verb)

    to stuff; to furnish with a pad or padding

  19. Pad(verb)

    to imbue uniformly with a mordant; as, to pad cloth

  20. Origin: [Perh. akin to pod.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pad

    pad, n. a thief on the high-road (more commonly Footpad): (abbrev. from pad-horse) a horse for riding on the road: an easy-paced horse.—v.i. to walk on foot: to trudge along: to rob on foot:—pr.p. pad′ding; pa.t. and pa.p. pad′ded.adj. Pad′-clink′ing, keeping company with thieves.—n. Pad′ding-ken, a low lodging-house inhabited by thieves.—Stand pad, to beg by the roadside. [Dut. pad, a path.]

  2. Pad

    pad, n. anything stuffed with a soft material, to prevent friction or pressure, or for filling out: a soft saddle, cushion, &c.: a number of sheets of paper or other soft material fastened together for writing upon: the fleshy, thick-skinned under-surface of the toes of many animals, as the fox: a fox's foot generally: the large floating leaf of an aquatic plant: (pl.) thick watered ribbon for watch-guards.—v.t. to stuff with anything soft: to fix colours in cloth:—pr.p. pad′ding; pa.t. and pa.p. pad′ded.ns. Pad′-cloth, a cloth covering a horse's loins; Pad′der, one who pads or cushions; Pad′ding, the soft stuffing of a saddle, &c.: matter of less value introduced into a book or article in order to make it of the length desired: the process of mordanting a fabric; Pad′-el′ephant, a working elephant, distinguished from a war or hunting one; Pad′-sadd′le, a treeless, padded saddle; Pad′-tree, the wooden or metal frame to which harness-pads are attached. [A variant of pod, orig. sig. 'a bag.']

Editors Contribution

  1. pad

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

    He used his ink pad with his work stamp.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on April 29, 2015  
  2. pad

    A type of material and product created and designed in various colors, materials, shapes, sizes and styles used for a variety of purposes as per the product design.

    Pads are used for many things e.g. to line a bra, put ink on, used in feminine products e.g. breast pads, shoulder pad, sanitary pad etc.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on March 13, 2016  

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pad' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4308

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pad' in Nouns Frequency: #2805

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pad in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pad in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of pad in a Sentence

  1. Edward Abbey (Vox Clamans in Deserto):

    The only thing worse than a knee-jerk liberal is a knee-pad conservative.

  2. Nancy Bray:

    Without that secondary dune line, we could have saltwater intrusion at the launch pad.

  3. Krista Jenkins:

    New Jersey may have a head start ... but other states will soon be looking to pad their budgets.

  4. Andy Baker:

    We could put a t-shirt on 20 people in a ward and a clinician can walk in with an i-Pad and see all 20 heart rates.

  5. Pioneer Energy CEO Stacy Locke:

    As activity starts picking up again, the majority of requests from operators, I think, will be for pad-oriented rigs.

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Translations for pad

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  • Unterlage, PolsterGerman
  • blocSpanish
  • tyyny, polkuantura, pehmuste, antura, punkka, lehtiö, jatkojohto, kenttä, luukku, tassutus, käpälä, näppäimistö, tassu, tyynysatula, pehmustaa, tallata, paikata, paisutella, suurennella, tassutella, topata, läpivärjätäFinnish
  • plume, coussinet, plumard, bloc, taule, tampon, pavé numérique, pieu, piaule, clavier, paddock, rembourrerFrench
  • cercine, torselloItalian
  • 肉球, パッドJapanese
  • paretua, whakapuruMāori
  • pute, blokk, hjemNorwegian
  • blocoPortuguese
  • подкладка, подушечка, прокладкаRussian
  • krypin, helikopterlandningsplats, block, lya, trampdyna, tassande, landningsplats, tass, binge, kvartSwedish
  • เบาะThai

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