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Inflections of 'pad' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
pad1 /pæd/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  pad•ded, pad•ding. 
n. [countable]
  1. a mass of soft material used for comfort or protection, for applying medicine, or for stuffing:The roller skaters wore knee pads.
  2. a number of sheets of paper glued together at one edge, used for writing, drawing, etc.:Bring in a pad and pencil.
  3. Zoology
    • the fleshy, cushionlike mass of tissue on the underside of each finger and toe.
  4. Slang Terms
    • one's living quarters:Come up to my pad for the weekend.

v. [+ object]
  1. to provide with a pad or padding:The dress was padded at the shoulders.
  2. to expand or add to without need or in a dishonest way:padded his expense account.
  1. Idiomson the pad, [Slang.](of a police officer) receiving bribes, esp. on a regular basis.

pad2 /pæd/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  pad•ded, pad•ding. 
n. [countable]
  1. a dull, soft sound:the pad of our daughter's little feet as she came into the room.

v. [no object]
  1. to travel on foot;
    walk:He padded off into the distance.
  2. to walk so that one's footsteps make a dull, soft sound:He padded softly behind her.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
pad1  (pad),USA pronunciation  n., v.,  pad•ded, pad•ding. 
  1. a cushionlike mass of soft material used for comfort, protection, or stuffing.
  2. Dog and Cat Breeds, a soft, stuffed cushion used as a saddle;
    a padded leather saddle without a tree.
  3. a number of sheets of paper glued or otherwise held together at one edge to form a tablet.
  4. a soft, ink-soaked block of absorbent material for inking a rubber stamp.
  5. Anatomy, ZoologyAnat., Zool. any fleshy mass of tissue that cushions a weight-bearing part of the body, as on the underside of a paw. See diag. under  dog. 
  6. Zoologythe foot, as of a fox, hare, or wolf.
  7. Medicinea piece or fold of gauze or other absorbent material for use as a surgical dressing or a protective covering.
  8. ZoologyZool. a pulvillus, as on the tarsus or foot of an insect.
  9. Botanya lily pad.
  10. RocketrySee  launch pad. 
  11. Slang Terms
    • one's living quarters, as an apartment or room.
    • one's bed.
    • a room where people gather to take narcotics;
      an addicts' den.
  12. Slang Terms
    • money paid as a bribe to and shared among police officers, as for ignoring law violations.
    • a list of police officers receiving such money.
  13. ElectricityElect. a nonadjustable attenuator consisting of a network of fixed resistors.
  14. BuildingShipbuilding.
    • a metal plate riveted or welded to a surface as a base or attachment for bolts, hooks, eyes, etc.
    • a piece of wood laid on the back of a deck beam to give the deck surface a desired amount of camber.
  15. Building[Carpentry.]
    • a handle for holding various small, interchangeable saw blades.
    • Also,  pod. a socket in a brace for a bit.
  16. MetallurgyMetall. a raised surface on a casting.
  17. Metallurgya small deposit of weld metal, as for building up a worn surface.
  18. Idioms, Slang Termson the pad, [Slang.](of a police officer) receiving a bribe, esp. on a regular basis.

  1. to furnish, protect, fill out, or stuff with a pad or padding.
  2. to expand or add to unnecessarily or dishonestly: to pad a speech;
    to pad an expense account.
  3. Metallurgyto add metal to (a casting) above its required dimensions, to insure the flow of enough metal to all parts.

  1. Metallurgyto insure the proper forging of a piece.
  • origin, originally special uses of obsolete pad bundle to lie on, perh. blend of, blended pack1 and bed 1545–55

pad2  (pad),USA pronunciation  n., v.,  pad•ded, pad•ding. 
  1. a dull, muffled sound, as of footsteps on the ground.
  2. Dog and Cat Breedsa road horse, as distinguished from a hunting or working horse.
  3. a highwayman.
  4. British TermsBrit. Dial. a path, lane, or road.

  1. to travel along on foot.
  2. to beat down by treading.

  1. to travel on foot;
  2. to walk so that one's footsteps make a dull, muffled sound.
  • Middle Dutch padden to make or follow a path, cognate with Old English pæththan to traverse, derivative of pæth path; defs. 1, 8 perh. represent an independent expressive word that has been influenced by other senses
  • Middle Dutch or Low German pad path (origin, originally argot; hence, apparently, "highwayman'' and "horse''); (verb, verbal)
  • (noun, nominal) 1545–55

  • AbbreviationsPennsylvania Dutch.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    pad /pæd/ n
    1. a thick piece of soft material used to make something comfortable, give it shape, or protect it
    2. Also called: stamp pad, ink pad a block of firm absorbent material soaked with ink for transferring to a rubber stamp
    3. Also called: notepad, writing pad a number of sheets of paper fastened together along one edge
    4. a flat piece of stiff material used to back a piece of blotting paper
    5. the fleshy cushion-like underpart of the foot of a cat, dog, etc
    6. any of the parts constituting such a structure
    7. any of various level surfaces or flat-topped structures, such as a launch pad
    8. the large flat floating leaf of the water lily
    9. slang a person's residence
    vb (pads, padding, padded)(transitive)
    1. to line, stuff, or fill out with soft material, esp in order to protect or give shape to
    2. (often followed by out) to inflate with irrelevant or false information: to pad out a story
    Etymology: 16th Century: origin uncertain; compare Low German pad sole of the foot
    pad /pæd/ vb (pads, padding, padded)
    1. (intr; often followed by along, up, etc) to walk with a soft or muffled tread
    2. when intr, often followed by around: to travel (a route) on foot, esp at a slow pace; tramp: to pad around the country
    1. a dull soft sound, esp of footsteps
    Etymology: 16th Century: perhaps from Middle Dutch paden, from pad path
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