• Direction of the Pad in French Polishing
    Direction of the Pad in French Polishing
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pad add padding to "pad the seat of the chair"
    • v pad add details to
    • v pad line or stuff with soft material "pad a bra"
    • v pad walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud "Mules plodded in a circle around a grindstone"
    • n pad the fleshy cushion-like underside of an animal's foot or of a human's finger
    • n pad temporary living quarters
    • n pad a platform from which rockets or space craft are launched
    • n pad a flat mass of soft material used for protection, stuffing, or comfort
    • n pad a block of absorbent material saturated with ink; used to transfer ink evenly to a rubber stamp
    • n pad the large floating leaf of an aquatic plant (as the water lily)
    • n pad a number of sheets of paper fastened together along one edge
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Additional illustrations & photos:

on a lily pad on a lily pad

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ed Cox from San Francisco invented the pot scrubbing S.O.S. pads in 1917. His wife came up with the name, which stands for "Save Our Saucepans."
    • Pad A cushion used as a saddle without a tree or frame.
    • Pad (Zoöl) A cushionlike thickening of the skin one the under side of the toes of animals.
    • Pad A dwelling place, usually an apartment; one's living quarters; as, come over to my pad to watch the game.
    • Pad A floating leaf of a water lily or similar plant.
    • pad A footpath; a road.
    • Pad A kind of cushion for writing upon, or for blotting; esp., one formed of many flat sheets of writing paper, or layers of blotting paper; a block of paper.
    • Pad A measure for fish; as, sixty mackerel go to a pad ; a basket of soles.
    • Pad (Naut) A piece of timber fixed on a beam to fit the curve of the deck.
    • pad A robber that infests the road on foot; a highwayman; -- usually called a footpad.
    • Pad (Med) A soft bag or cushion to relieve pressure, support a part, etc.
    • Pad A soft, or small, cushion; a mass of anything soft; stuffing.
    • Pad A stuffed guard or protection; esp., one worn on the legs of horses to prevent bruising.
    • Pad A sum of money paid as a bribe to police officers, shared among them;
    • pad An easy-paced horse; a padnag. "An abbot on an ambling pad ."
    • pad The act of robbing on the highway.
    • Pad (Calico Printing) To imbue uniformly with a mordant; as, to pad cloth.
    • Pad To rob on foot.
    • Pad To stuff; to furnish with a pad or padding.
    • Pad To travel heavily or slowly.
    • v. t Pad To travel upon foot; to tread. "Padding the streets for half a crown."
    • Pad To wear a path by walking.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The only flying saucer launch pad in the world is located in St. Paul, Alberta, Canada
    • n pad A path; a footpath; a road.
    • pad To travel on foot; tramp slowly or wearily along; trudge or jog along.
    • pad To travel on foot over or along; proceed on foot through; journey slowly, steadily, or wearily along.
    • pad To tread or beat down; make smooth and level by treading: as, to pad a path.
    • n pad A toad; a frog.
    • n pad A soft cushion, or something of the nature of a cushion, or a stuffed part, as of a garment, a saddle, etc., used to fill up a hollow, to relieve pressure, or as a protection.
    • n pad Specifically— In cricket, a wadded guard worn to protect the leg by a batsman or wicket-keeper.
    • n pad In embroidery, a small qnantity of fibrous material, such as raw cotton or silk, used for raising parts of a pattern, the stitch covering it closely.
    • n pad One of the large, fleshy, thick-skinned protuberances of the sole of the foot of various quadrupeds, as the dog or fox; hence, specifically, the foot of a fox.
    • n pad One of the tylari of a bird's foot; one of the cushion-like enlargements on the under side of a bird's toes. Compare heel-pad and pterna.
    • n pad In anatomy, the splenium of the corpus callosum. See splenium.
    • n pad In entomology, a projecting part of the body covered only with a membrane or semi-chitinous sheath: generally used in composition: as, the wing-pads of a pupa; the foot-pads or cushions on the tarsi.
    • n pad A cushion used as a saddle; a saddle of leather and padding, without any tree, such as are used by country market-women or by equestrian performers in a circus.
    • n pad A number of sheets of writing-, drawing-, or blotting-paper held together by glue at one or more edges, forming a tablet from which the sheets can be removed singly as used: as, a writing-pad; a blotting-pad.
    • n pad A bundle; bale; pack: as, a pad of wool; a pad of yarn. Among fish-dealers a pad of mackerel is 60 (sometimes 120) fish.
    • n pad The handle of some tools: as, the pad of a keyhole-saw.
    • n pad In ship-building, a piece laid over a ship's beam to give the camber.
    • n pad plural Thick ribbons, double-faced and watered, much in use at certain times for watch-guards. Compare Petersham ribbon, under ribbon.
    • pad To stuff or furnish with a pad or padding: often with out.
    • pad To expand by the insertion of extraneous or needless matter, or the use of unnecessary words: as, to pad an article in a newspaper; to pad out a page in a book.
    • pad In calico-printing, to impregnate (the cotton cloth to be printed) with a mordant. It is done in a machine called a padding-machine (which see).
    • pad To glue the edges of (sheets of paper) together, so as to form a pad.
    • pad In mech., to puncture with numerous fine holes, as the end of a pipe, or the rose on the end of a nozle.
    • n pad A pannier; a basket.
    • n pad A road-horse; a horse for riding on the road, as distinguished from a hunter or a work-horse, etc.; a roadster.
    • n pad A robber; a footpad.
    • pad To be a footpad, or highway robber; frequent roads or highways in order to rob.
    • n pad [pad, verb] A dull sound, as of footsteps.
    • pad To move with the soft thud of a bare foot striking the ground.
    • n pad A large floating disk-like leaf-blade, chiefly that of the water-lilies: used mostly in the combination lily-pad; so called from its suggesting a cushion. Also pad-leaf.
    • n pad Specifically, the pile of tobacco-leaf segments formed by booking, that is, laying smoothly one above another for use in cigar-making.
    • pad In leather-making, to apply a heavy coating of solution to.
    • pad In India, to pack on an elephant's pad.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Before 1859, baseball umpires were seated in padded chairs behind home plate
    • n Pad pad a thief on the high-road (more commonly Footpad): (abbrev. from pad-horse) a horse for riding on the road: an easy-paced horse
    • v.i Pad to walk on foot: to trudge along: to rob on foot:—pr.p. pad′ding; pa.t. and pa.p. pad′ded
    • n Pad pad anything stuffed with a soft material, to prevent friction or pressure, or for filling out: a soft saddle, cushion, &c.: a number of sheets of paper or other soft material fastened together for writing upon: the fleshy, thick-skinned under-surface of the toes of many animals, as the fox: a fox's foot generally: the large floating leaf of an aquatic plant:
    • v.t Pad to stuff with anything soft: to fix colours in cloth:—pr.p. pad′ding; pa.t. and pa.p. pad′ded
    • n Pad pad (pl.) thick watered ribbon for watch-guards
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  • Virginia Woolf
    “Those comfortably padded lunatic asylums which are known, euphemistically, as the stately homes of England.”
  • Vladimir Nabokov
    “The tiny madman in his padded cell.”
  • Denis Waitley
    “If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won t, you most assuredly won t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. pad,. √21. See Path
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A variant of pod, orig. sig. 'a bag.'


In literature:

Moving about among them, he had seemed like a softly padding elephant.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
Almost any firm substance which can keep the limb at rest can be used for a splint, but if hard it should be padded.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
A sentry padded up and down in the blackness.
"Shelled by an Unseen Foe" by James Fiske
When Green appeared he was engrossed in copying the advertisement on to a writing-pad.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
At the edge of the trail the Apache took off the hoof-pads and returned to the cage.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
Now, take the bottle yourself ... so ... a drop on the pad ... now.
"'Smiles'" by Eliot H. Robinson
He had not gone far upon the trail when he heard behind him a soft pad, pad.
"Followers of the Trail" by Zoe Meyer
Perhaps before the crack occurred that hill was like the others on the east and west of it, padded with red earth.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
The rough places of life had been padded for all these young women.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
I passed the pad to Brierly.
"The Shadow World" by Hamlin Garland

In poetry:

To smooth his ghastly features down
The actor's art he cribs, -
A long and a flowing padded gown.
Bedecks his rattling ribs.
"At a Pantomime." by William Schwenck Gilbert
Seems-it drips from them. Seems they're glimmering.
Seems-the night is brimming with wax
And the pad of one fir warms another pad
And one hollow traces the next.
"On a fateful day, an unlucky time" by Boris Pasternak
His clothes were rent by the clutching thorn
And his blistered feet were bare;
Ragged and torn, with his beard unshorn,
He hid like a beast forlorn,
With a padded path to his lair.
"The Death Of Ben Hall" by William Henry Ogilvie
Het pad dat er heenleidt, is needrig en smal;
In rozen verborgen, geleidt het naar 't dal:
Geen macht en geen kracht en geen goud voert er heen;
't Geloovige hart is de leidsman alleen!
"Het Land Der Liefde" by Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate
The room is filled with lisps and whispers. Something mutters.
One candle drowns and the other gutters. Is that the rain
which pads and patters, is it the wind through the winding entries
which chatters?
"In A Castle" by Amy Lowell
Chorus: It's ah! for, etc.
Repentance brings reproof, so I sadly "pad the hoof;"
All day I see the mirage of the trees,
But it all will have an end when I reach the river bend,
And listen to the sighing of the breeze.
"Across the Western Plains I Must Wander" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

Texas Alumni Football is coming to the DFW area in May when former high school players from Leonard and Whitewright will put on the pads again with former teammates.
Taking The Padding Out Of Those Cushy Jobs (Int'l Edition).
Looking to add some versatility to yoru pad-printing machine.
URS will install a radar deckhouse, support building, launch pad, electrical power and potable water systems, a sewer connection, and synthetic natural gas and communications systems, and perform related work to test a government-furnished.
Bachelor Pad's Weatherman: Elizabeth Was " Demonic ".
15 CPW Pad Is Trying To Double Its Money.
A graph of a typical drill pad and the direction of each hole.
Meritor's Aftermarket business has begun distribution of the Fras-le Work Truck and Fleet Disc Brake Pad Program to its customers.
Students hit the pads at Dol -Fit event.
Chivency Charles, a fifth-grader at Mike Davis Elementary, picks up speed to run into the pad.
If you had grown accustomed to ordering pad Thai and spicy stir-fried shrimp at this stand-alone building on Davis Street in Oak Cliff, you won't recognize the space now.
Late in Notre Dame's first full-pads practice of the spring Saturday, Tommy Rees took a snap, broke off and ran.
London might be Mills' launching pad .
Pro fisherman Stacey King uses Table Rock Lake as launching pad .
Stacey King uses Table Rock Lake as launching pad for successful career in national competition.

In science:

Within this parameterization of the one-dimensional curve of the nonequilibrium states, one has to address functions σM (∆S ), rather than σM (τ ) (46), whereas their Pad`e approximates can be constructed, in turn, from expansions in τ .
Geometry of irreversibility: The film of nonequilibrium states
The signal induced by beam particles and TR photons is measured on a row of 8 readout pads.
Transition Radiation Spectroscopy with Prototypes of the ALICE TRD
Local minima in the pulse height distribution occuring simultaneously on adjacent pads are detected to resolve multiple overlapping photons.
Transition Radiation Spectroscopy with Prototypes of the ALICE TRD
We may represent such a random composition of n as an infinite sequence of random variables, by padding with zeros.
Regenerative partition structures
First, in each of the planes spanned by a pad row and the drift direction, clusters are reconstructed from the hits of the various channels.
High Magnetic Field Performance of a GEM-TPC