1554, "bundle of straw to lie on", .
A flattened mass of anything soft, to sit or lie on.
A cushion used as a saddle without a tree or frame.
A soft, or small, cushion.
A cushion-like thickening of the skin on the under side of the toes of animals.
The mostly hairless flesh located on the bottom of an animal's foot or paw.
Any cushion-like part of the human body, especially the ends of the fingers.
A stuffed guard or protection, especially one worn on the legs of horses to prevent bruising.
A soft bag or cushion to relieve pressure, support a part, etc.
A sanitary napkin.
(US) A floating leaf of a water lily or similar plant.
(cricket) A soft cover for a batsman's leg that protects it from damage when hit by the ball.
A kind of cushion for writing upon, or for blotting, especially one formed of many flat sheets of writing paper; now especially such a block of paper sheets as used to write on.
A panel or strip of material designed to be sensitive to pressure or touch.
A flat surface or area from which a helicopter or other aircraft may land or be launched.
An electrical extension cord with a multi-port socket one end: "trip cord"
The effect produced by sustained lower reed notes in a musical piece, most common in blues music.
A synthesizer instrument sound used for sustained background sounds.
(US, slang) A bed.
(colloquial) A place of residence.
(cryptography) A random key (originally written on a disposable pad) of the same length as the plaintext.
(nautical) A piece of timber fixed on a beam to fit the curve of the deck.
, incontinence pad
, one-time pad
, sleeping pad
To furnish with a pad or padding.
To fill or lengthen (a story, one's importance, etc.).
- The author began to pad her succinct stories with trite descriptions to keep up with current market trends.
To imbue uniformly with a mordant.
- "Obama pads delegate lead ... with win in key western state."'' Austin American-Statesman ''newspaper, May 21, 2008.
(cricket) to deliberately play the ball with the leg pad instead of the bat.
- to pad cloth
From (etyl) pade, padde, from (etyl) (m), from (etyl) , and possibly related to the (term)-like English paddle.
(British, dialectal) A toad.
From (etyl) .
(British, dialectal, Australia, Ireland) A footpath, particularly one unformed or unmaintained; a road or track. See footpad.
An easy-paced horse; a padnag.
(British, obsolete) A robber that infests the road on foot; a highwayman or footpad.
- an abbot on an ambling pad
The act of highway robbery.
an alteration of (ped).
(British, dialectal) A type of wickerwork basket, especially as used as a measure of fish or other goods.
partly from (etyl), partly imitative.
To travel along (a road, path etc.).
To travel on foot.
To wear a path by walking.
To walk softly, quietly or steadily, especially without shoes.
* 1922 , (Margery Williams), (The Velveteen Rabbit)
- Padding the streets for half a crown.
(obsolete) To practise highway robbery.
* (Cotton Mather)
- Their feet padded softly on the ground, and they crept quite close to him, twitching their noses, while the Rabbit stared hard to see which side the clockwork stuck out...
- Their chief Argument is, That they never saw'' any Witches, therefore there are ''none''. Just as if you or I should say, We never met with any ''Robbers'' on the Road, therefore there never was any ''Padding there.
- I heard her soft footsteps, pad''', '''pad along the corridor.
The sound of soft footsteps, or a similar noise made by an animal etc.