• Direction of the Pad in French Polishing
    Direction of the Pad in French Polishing
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n padding artifact consisting of soft or resilient material used to fill or give shape or protect or add comfort
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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."
    • Padding Material of inferior value, serving to extend a book, essay, etc.
    • Padding The act or process of making a pad or of inserting stuffing.
    • Padding The material with which anything is padded.
    • Padding (Calico Printing) The uniform impregnation of cloth with a mordant.
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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 padding The act of stuffing so as to make a pad.
    • n padding The cotton, hair, straw, or other material used in stuffing anything, as a bolster, saddle, or garment; the stuffing used to keep in shape any part of a garment according to the fashion which requires it to be more in relief or drawn tighter than the natural forms allow. ; . The materials used are, especially — a rough felted cloth, a kind of shoddy
    • n padding In calico-printing, the process of imbuing the fabric all over with a mordant which is dried. A design is next printed on it in acid discharge (usually lime-juice and bisulphate of potash), the result being that, after the cloth has been dyed in the bath and cleared, white patterns appear upon a ground of uniform color. These white patterns or spaces may be afterward printed upon in steam or pigment colors. Calicoes produced in this way are said to be in the padding or plaquage style.
    • n padding Any unnecessary matter inserted in a column, article, book, etc., merely to bring it up to a certain size; vamp; hence, written or printed matter of no real value or utility; whatever has merely the effect of increasing the size of any thing without adding to its interest or value.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Before 1859, baseball umpires were seated in padded chairs behind home plate
    • Padding the soft stuffing of a saddle, &c.: matter of less value introduced into a book or article in order to make it of the length desired: the process of mordanting a fabric
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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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A variant of pod, orig. sig. 'a bag.'


In literature:

John says he has heard there is a little pad in the fly's foot that enables it to walk on glass.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
Ruddock introduced Mr ffoakes Jackson's work on the Old Testament disguised as a writing-pad.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
At last he got to his feet and padded around the table.
"Then I'll Come Back to You" by Larry Evans
Silently she handed the pad to Judith, who read it, opened her eyes very wide and passed the pad to Ethel.
"Jane Allen: Right Guard" by Edith Bancroft
He stretched and yawned, moving to his sleeping pad.
"Star Hunter" by Andre Alice Norton
The senior officer gave a Satisfied nod and turned back to his citation pad.
"Code Three" by Rick Raphael
A second later he seized a pencil and marked down upon a pad a series of dots and dashes.
"Curlie Carson Listens In" by Roy J. Snell
Of course, there isn't any paper connected with it, except the pad the editor doodles on.
"Four-Day Planet" by Henry Beam Piper
At that time Captain Hannaford had not worn the little black silk pads.
"The Guests Of Hercules" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
When these arrived he made a pad of the linen, and bound it over the wounded man's shoulder with some strips torn from the sheet.
"With Frederick the Great" by G. A. Henty

In poetry:

Caught in a mesh of living veins,
In cell of padded bone,
He loneliest is when he pretends
That he is not alone.
"Listen..." by Ogden Nash
There are not many ewes and lambs,
But men in single file
Like sheep along a mountain pad
Walk mile on sweating mile;
"Up North" by David Campbell
Red elbows, gauzy gloves, that add
An icy cov'ring merely ;
A wadded coat, the shape to pad,
Like Dutch-women — or nearly.
"Female Fashions for 1799" by Mary Darby Robinson
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
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

In news:

Wool pad to buff out the original finish on one of our 21-year-old trucks.
Wool pad to buff out the original.
This well pad is a mile and a half from our house yet we can hear the sound of it and see the flickering flame light against the clouds at night.
In my desk's bottom drawer there are two yellow legal pads and three stenobooks that have been used to their end.
'Con artists' scammed Hamptons homeowners by turning rentals into teen party pads: officials.
Last May, Teresa Taylor was watching climbers pad up to the summit of Pikes Peak in shorts and sneakers.
That leads to even higher operating temperatures for the discs causing more rapid pad and rotor wear, he said.
Monday afternoon was the first day of pads for the 2006 North Pulaski Falcons.
The Aqualizer is a simple device consisting of 2 water pads connected by an equalizing channel.
Hayley McBride says her 4-year-old son Casper was sent to a small padded room at his school three.
CJR's "Launch Pad" feature invites new media publishers to blog about their experiences on the news frontier.
It's like football without helmets or pads.
"Two guys in a bachelor pad, living the life he wanted.".
Apollo 10 astronauts enroute to the launch pad Credit NASA.
Consider an FSC-certified wood frame with sustainable foam padding and upholstery.

In science:

The development of the showers was sampled using 30 layers of silicon PIN diode pads interleaved between the tungsten plates.
Response of the CALICE Si-W Electromagnetic Calorimeter Physics Prototype to Electrons
Calibration constants for each pad were determined using muon events.
Response of the CALICE Si-W Electromagnetic Calorimeter Physics Prototype to Electrons
All but 9 pads were functioning and successfully calibrated.
Response of the CALICE Si-W Electromagnetic Calorimeter Physics Prototype to Electrons
In the case of the ECAL, the simulation gives the raw energy depositions in the Si pads and the readout electronics is simulated assuming that each channel exhibits only Gaussian noise.
Response of the CALICE Si-W Electromagnetic Calorimeter Physics Prototype to Electrons
This creates a non-active gap between adjacent Si pads situated on different wafers (2 mm) which is significant compared to the transverse shower size.
Response of the CALICE Si-W Electromagnetic Calorimeter Physics Prototype to Electrons