Meaning of PAD in English


I. ˈpad verb

( pad·ded ; pad·ding )

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

Date: 1553

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

II. noun

Etymology: Middle Dutch pad

Date: 1567

1. dialect British : path

2. : a horse that moves along at an easy pace

3. archaic : footpad

III. noun

Etymology: origin unknown

Date: 1570


a. : a thin flat mat or cushion: as

(1) : a piece of soft stuffed material used as or under a saddle

(2) : padding used to shape an article of clothing

(3) : a guard worn to shield body parts against impact

(4) : a piece of usually folded absorbent material (as gauze) used as a surgical dressing or protective covering

(5) : a component of certain brake systems (as disc brakes) consisting of a plate covered with a frictional material

b. : a piece of material saturated with ink for inking the surface of a rubber stamp


a. : the foot of an animal

b. : the cushioned thickening of the underside of the toes of an animal

3. : a floating leaf of a water plant

4. : a collection of sheets of paper glued together at one end



(1) : a section of an airstrip used for warm-ups or turnarounds

(2) : an area used for helicopter takeoffs and landings

b. : launchpad

c. : a horizontal concrete surface (as for parking a mobile home)


a. : bed

b. : living quarters

IV. transitive verb

( pad·ded ; pad·ding )

Date: 1827


a. : to furnish with a pad or padding

b. : mute , muffle

2. : to expand or increase especially with needless, misleading, or fraudulent matter

pad the sales figures

— often used with out

they pad out their bibliographies — J. P. Kenyon

V. noun

Etymology: imitative

Date: 1594

: a soft muffled or slapping sound

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