Meaning of PAD in English

PAD

/ pæd; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

OF SOFT MATERIAL

1.

a thick piece of soft material that is used, for example, for absorbing liquid, cleaning or protecting sth :

medicated cleansing pads for sensitive skin

sanitary pads (= that a woman uses during her period )

—see also shoulder pad

OF PAPER

2.

a number of pieces of paper for writing or drawing on, that are fastened together at one edge :

a sketch / writing pad

—see also notepad , scratch pad

OF ANIMAL'S FOOT

3.

the soft part under the foot of a cat, dog, etc.

FOR CLEANING

4.

a small piece of rough material used for cleaning pans, surfaces, etc. :

a scouring pad

FOR SPACECRAFT / HELICOPTER

5.

a flat surface where a spacecraft or a helicopter takes off and lands

—see also helipad , launch pad

FOR PROTECTION

6.

[ usually pl. ] a piece of thick material that you wear in some sports, for example football and cricket , to protect your legs, elbows, etc.

—picture at hockey

OF WATER PLANTS

7.

the large flat leaf of some water plants, especially the water lily :

floating lily pads

FLAT / APARTMENT

8.

[ usually sing. ] ( old-fashioned , informal ) the place where sb lives, especially a flat / apartment

—see also ink-pad , keypad

■ verb

( -dd- )

ADD SOFT MATERIAL

1.

[ vn ] [ often passive ] pad sth (with sth) to put a layer of soft material in or on sth in order to protect it, make it thicker or change its shape :

All the sharp corners were padded with foam.

a padded jacket

a padded envelope (= for sending delicate objects)

WALK QUIETLY

2.

[ v + adv. / prep. ] to walk with quiet steps :

She padded across the room to the window.

BILLS

3.

[ vn ] ( NAmE ) to dishonestly add items to bills to obtain more money :

to pad bills / expense accounts

PHRASAL VERBS

- pad sth out

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WORD ORIGIN

noun and verb sense 1 verb sense 3 mid 16th cent. (in the sense bundle of straw to lie on ): the senses may not be of common origin; the meaning underpart of an animal's foot is perhaps related to Low German pad sole of the foot; the history remains obscure.

verb sense 2 mid 16th cent.: from Low German padden to tread, go along a path, partly imitative.

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