pad1(pad),USA pronunciationn., v.,pad•ded, pad•ding. n.
a cushionlike mass of soft material used for comfort, protection, or stuffing.
Dog and Cat Breeds, a soft, stuffed cushion used as a saddle; a padded leather saddle without a tree.
a number of sheets of paper glued or otherwise held together at one edge to form a tablet.
a soft, ink-soaked block of absorbent material for inking a rubber stamp.
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.
Zoologythe foot, as of a fox, hare, or wolf.
Medicinea piece or fold of gauze or other absorbent material for use as a surgical dressing or a protective covering.
ZoologyZool. a pulvillus, as on the tarsus or foot of an insect.
Botanya lily pad.
RocketrySee launch pad.
one's living quarters, as an apartment or room.
a room where people gather to take narcotics; an addicts' den.
money paid as a bribe to and shared among police officers, as for ignoring law violations.
a list of police officers receiving such money.
ElectricityElect. a nonadjustable attenuator consisting of a network of fixed resistors.
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.
a handle for holding various small, interchangeable saw blades.
Also, pod. a socket in a brace for a bit.
MetallurgyMetall. a raised surface on a casting.
Metallurgya small deposit of weld metal, as for building up a worn surface.
Idioms, Slang Termson the pad,[Slang.](of a police officer) receiving a bribe, esp. on a regular basis.
to furnish, protect, fill out, or stuff with a pad or padding.
to expand or add to unnecessarily or dishonestly: to pad a speech; to pad an expense account.
Metallurgyto add metal to (a casting) above its required dimensions, to insure the flow of enough metal to all parts.
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 pronunciationn., v.,pad•ded, pad•ding. n.
a dull, muffled sound, as of footsteps on the ground.
Dog and Cat Breedsa road horse, as distinguished from a hunting or working horse.
British TermsBrit. Dial. a path, lane, or road.
to travel along on foot.
to beat down by treading.
to travel on foot; walk.
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 pæthpath; defs. 1, 8 perh. represent an independent expressive word that has been influenced by other senses
Middle Dutch or Low German padpath (origin, originally argot; hence, apparently, "highwayman'' and "horse''); (verb, verbal)