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a pad of paper (=many sheets of paper fixed together at one edge)
▪ Chris took out a pad of paper and started writing.
Brillo pad
helicopter pad
ink pad
launch pad
▪ Ellington’s band was a launching pad for many gifted jazz musicians.
legal pad
padded cell
sanitary pad
shoulder pad
▪ Now it's Dominic who hovers selfconsciously, scribbling busily on a yellow legal pad.
▪ Instead, he pulls a legal pad and a calendar from his briefcase and heads for the phone.
▪ The two bedside tables were covered by stacks of magazines, yellowing newspapers, books and legal pads.
▪ Police sources revealed earlier that the three-page ransom note had been handwritten on paper from a legal pad found in the home.
▪ Adam picked up a yellow legal pad and scribbled on it.
▪ Sitting in his law office at 4 a. m. the next day, he took out a legal pad.
▪ It had been written with a black felt-tip pen on a legal pad that was in the home.
▪ The legal pads and cassette tapes are every-where.
▪ I recognized one species that I had seen commonly on lily pads in the summer.
▪ If at that moment my ancient stately lily pad had been able to draw her bed curtains, she surely would have.
▪ To prevent Thumbelina from escaping, he placed her on a lily pad in the middle of the lake.
▪ A beetle spied Thumbelina, thought that she was pretty, and lifted her off the lily pad.
▪ Andrew intends to move back into his old bachelor pad at Windsor Castle when his Balmoral hols are over.
▪ But the shy and introspective Allen habitually returned to his bachelor pad - after dropping in to kiss the children goodnight.
▪ He is spending a fortune tailoring the house to his specifications to make it a perfect bachelor pad.
▪ His car was mud-splattered, parked amongst the jeeps and armoured personnel carriers, a hundred yards from the helicopter pad.
▪ He walked past the helicopter pad and along a sandy road that led toward the church spires.
▪ It might have been a loading bay, or a landing pad for one-person fliers.
▪ The tennis courts act as helicopter landing pads.
▪ The health authority has recognised that and has sought an alternative and more convenient landing pad.
▪ Each of the Apollo launch pads was 0.65 square kilometres in size and constructed of heavily reinforced concrete.
▪ Atlantis, resting on a Kennedy Space Center launch pad in Florida, has similar boosters.
▪ Neighbours, the show that was her launch pad, might have to be jettisoned.
▪ The rocket was exposed to the vagaries of the weather, and the launch pad was blocked for long periods of time.
▪ But there are signs that the protest may be the launch pad for a powerful and broadly based opposition.
▪ However, the rocket was not allowed to leave the launch pad until full thrust was developed by each engine.
▪ Here the air-lock doors of a cargo bay; there a communications nacelle, a launch pad, a service hatch.
▪ The crawler, mobile launchers and launch pads are all modified versions of the original components used for Apollo.
▪ She scribbled something on her memo pad and slid the paper across the desk to him.
▪ I was looking through a desk drawer and came across the red leather memo pad that was part of the same set.
▪ Cut two little strips to decorate the front of the shoulder pads and press on.
▪ Among the items scientists have unearthed are four-inch clay figurines depicting men wearing hip and shoulder pads.
▪ Daisy had brought her sketch pad, but found it difficult to capture the action and hold on to a straining Ethel.
▪ Susan was already off the window scat, looking for a place to tuck her sketch pad.
▪ Sheltering her sketch pad under her shirt, Daisy looked helplessly around.
▪ Drawings torn from a sketch pad were tacked to the plank walls, a straw rug partially covered the floor.
▪ There, before his eyes, lay one large and one small sketch pad.
▪ If he sits too long, he pulls out a sketch pad and begins drawing.
▪ She heard Comfort pick up the sketch pad again and simply lay, letting her draw whatever she liked.
▪ His knapsack and sketch pad and sleeping bag lay on the floor, candy wrappers scattered around them.
▪ a bachelor pad
▪ a lily pad
▪ Cover the wound with a cotton pad.
▪ I had to sleep on a foam pad on the floor.
▪ Wipe the pad over the surface until the wood starts to shine.
▪ Changing the subject slightly the brake pads and linings are showing no signs of any wear after over 24,000 miles.
▪ Each pad has an identifying number, and each check is numbered consecutively.
▪ He fanned the coals with the pad till the ashes rose up the chimney and the flames jumped.
▪ He picked up his pad from beside the chair.
▪ His knapsack and sketch pad and sleeping bag lay on the floor, candy wrappers scattered around them.
▪ The Boots range also includes specially designed briefs, some of which are ideal for use with Staydry pads.
▪ The combination of pad, mobile launcher and flame trench was cooled with a water deluge system.
▪ Though the night was cold, I had a foam pad, a blanket and a down bag.
▪ His hunched figure padded across to the desk in the bay and Swod gestured for the police officer to sit down.
▪ He got up again and padded across to Abigail's room.
▪ She padded across to the window, drew back the curtains and looked out.
▪ Nigel in his best jeans and sneakers padded along like a puma.
▪ She might under some circumstances be submissive, like these dreary girls you see padding along in the moccasin tracks of hippies.
▪ On the right and the left of my track, padding along in parallel silence were bears.
▪ Dorcas slipped into the familiar gloom under the floor and padded along until he found the switch.
▪ Closing the door quietly behind her, she padded along the corridor to its junction with the gallery.
▪ It is possible to pad out all records to the length of the largest and handle them as fixed-length.
▪ Don't pad out your answer to make it seem impressive.
▪ Fat calipers, motivation tapes, an exercise video, and some recipes pad out her product.
▪ Nevertheless he pulled it on and padded out on to the landing.
▪ This curious instruction may be used to pad out an instruction sequence so that it occupies a desired length of time or storage.
▪ I slid out of bed, put on my dressing-gown and padded out to the tiny landing.
▪ Then I padded out on to the colonnade.
▪ For the movie, he has to pad his body to make himself look 25 pounds heavier.
▪ Michelle got out of bed, and padded across to the window.
▪ Rhoda padded across the hall into her sister's room.
▪ The A's padded their lead with two more runs.
▪ The cat came padding softly across the kitchen floor, and jumped onto my lap.
▪ The last chapter is padded out with an extract from an earlier report.
▪ They realized their lawyer was padding the court fees.
▪ Don't pad out your answer to make it seem impressive.
▪ He padded them out with a torn sheet from sick bay to stop them making any noise.
▪ His first instinct was to pad on back to his room.
▪ His hunched figure padded across to the desk in the bay and Swod gestured for the police officer to sit down.
▪ They are all padded with foam or sponge.
▪ Unless I see at least a hint of contour, I assume a crotch has been padded.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

pad \pad\ (p[a^]d), n. [D. pad. [root]2

  1. See Path.] 1. A footpath; a road. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]

  2. An easy-paced horse; a padnag.

    An abbot on an ambling pad.

  3. A robber that infests the road on foot; a highwayman; -- usually called a footpad.

  4. The act of robbing on the highway. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1550s, "bundle of straw to lie on," possibly from or related to Low German or obsolete Flemish pad "sole of the foot," which is perhaps from PIE *pent- "to tread, go" (see find (v.)), but see path (n.). Meaning "cushion-like part of an animal foot" is from 1790 in English. Generalized sense of "something soft" is from c.1700; the sense of "a number of sheets fastened together" (in writing pad, drawing pad, etc.) is from 1865.\n

\nSense of "takeoff or landing place for a helicopter" is from 1960. The word persisted in underworld slang from early 18c. in the sense "sleeping place," and was popularized again c.1959, originally in beatnik speech (later hippie slang) in its original English sense of "place to sleep temporarily."


"to stuff, increase the amount of," 1827, from pad (n.); transferred to expense accounts, etc. from 1913. Related: Padded; padding. Notion of a padded cell in an asylum or prison is from 1862 (padded room).


"to walk," 1550s, probably from Middle Dutch paden "walk along a path, make a path," from pad, pat "path." Originally criminals' slang, perhaps of imitative origin (sound of feet trudging on a dirt road). Related: Padded; padding.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A flattened mass of anything soft, to sit or lie on. 2 A cushion used as a saddle without a tree or frame. 3 A soft, or small, cushion. 4 A cushion-like thickening of the skin on the under side of the toes of animals. 5 The mostly hairless flesh located on the bottom of an animal's foot or paw. 6 Any cushion-like part of the human body, especially the ends of the fingers. 7 A stuffed guard or protection, especially one worn on the legs of horses to prevent bruising. 8 A soft bag or cushion to relieve pressure, support a part, etc. 9 A sanitary napkin. 10 (context US English) A floating leaf of a water lily or similar plant. 11 (context cricket English) A soft cover for a batsman's leg that protects it from damage when hit by the ball. 12 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. 13 A panel or strip of material designed to be sensitive to pressure or touch. 14 A keypad. 15 A flat surface or area from which a helicopter or other aircraft may land or be launched. 16 An electrical extension cord with a multi-port socket one end: "trip cord" 17 The effect produced by sustained lower reeds notes in a musical piece, most common in blues music. 18 A synthesizer instrument sound used for sustained background sounds. 19 (context US slang English) A bed. 20 (context colloquial English) A place of residence. 21 (context cryptography English) A random key (originally written on a disposable pad) of the same length as the plaintext. 22 A mousepad. 23 (context nautical English) A piece of timber fixed on a beam to fit the curve of the deck. v

  • 1 (context transitive English) To stuff. 2 (context transitive English) To furnish with a '''pad''' or padding. 3 (context transitive English) To fill or lengthen (a story, one's importance, et

  • ). 4 (context transitive English) To imbue uniformly with a mordant. 5 (context transitive cricket English) to deliberately play the ball with the leg '''pad''' instead of the bat. Etymology 2

    alt. (context British dialectal English) A toa

  • n. (context British dialectal English) A toad. Etymology 3

    n. 1 (context British dialectal Australia Ireland English) A footpath, particularly one unformed or unmaintained; a road or track. See footpad. 2 An easy-paced horse; a padnag. 3 (context British obsolete English) A robber that infests the road on foot; a highwayman or footpad. 4 The act of highway robbery. Etymology 4

    n. (context British dialectal English) A type of wickerwork basket, especially as used as a measure of fish or other goods. Etymology 5

    vb. 1 (context transitive English) To travel along (a road, path etc.). 2 (context intransitive English) To travel on foot. 3 (context intransitive English) To wear a path by walking. 4 (context intransitive English) To walk softly, quietly or steadily, especially without shoes. 5 (context intransitive obsolete English) To practise highway robbery. Etymology 6

    interj. (non-gloss definition: Indicating a soft flat sound, as of bare footsteps.) n. The sound of soft footsteps, or a similar noise made by an animal etc.

  • WordNet
    1. v. add details to [syn: embroider, lard, embellish, aggrandize, aggrandise, blow up, dramatize, dramatise]

    2. walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud; "Mules plodded in a circle around a grindstone" [syn: slog, footslog, plod, trudge, tramp]

    3. line or stuff with soft material; "pad a bra" [syn: fill out]

    4. add padding to; "pad the seat of the chair" [syn: bolster]

    5. [also: padding, padded]

    1. n. a number of sheets of paper fastened together along one edge [syn: pad of paper, tablet]

    2. the large floating leaf of an aquatic plant (as the water lily)

    3. a block of absorbent material saturated with ink; used to transfer ink evenly to a rubber stamp [syn: inkpad, inking pad, stamp pad]

    4. a usually thin flat mass of padding

    5. a platform from which rockets or space craft are launched [syn: launching pad, launchpad, launch pad, launch area]

    6. temporary living quarters [syn: diggings, digs, domiciliation, lodgings]

    7. the foot or fleshy cushion-like underside of the toes of an animal

    8. [also: padding, padded]


    Pad or PAD may refer to: things that rarely happen in the state of nature or things that have very low possibilities to exist or happen.

    • Writing pad (disambiguation), a book of paper, or an electronic equivalent
    • Sanitary pad, a device worn by a woman during menstruation
    • Pad (music), a type of synthesized sound
    • Part of a mammal's paw

    Usage examples of "pad".

    Rebel broke out the programmer and ran a cleaning pad over the adhesion disks.

    And saw a stream of animals, hoofed, padded, clawed and dashing, splashing through the ponds for Various Aquatic Birds, setting the night aflight - all of them making for the rear gate that opened to the Tiroler Garten.

    Professor Agrest, a Russian physicist, also maintains that a strange rock platform in Lebanon, whose origin and original purpose have baffled archeologists and geologists for several years, was constructed by aliens as a launching pad.

    Her expression was grim, but she showed no surprise when he shrugged out of his tunic, squirmed into a padded buckram aketon, and lifted his scale shirt from its rack.

    On the way, Alameda turned around and smiled at him, and the expression on her face startled him so severely that he tripped on the step-off pad of the hatch to the special operations compartment tunnel, catching himself on the hatch opening.

    He lay down on the padding, then changed his mind and got up to walk to Pacino, Alameda, and Schultz.

    By the time he finally lifted from the pad the fusion generator was operating alarmingly close to maximum capacity.

    As one, the Alaunt rose from their positions and padded silently after her.

    While Gretchel was tending to the fire, Alayne padded barefoot across the room and slipped outside.

    That one went out farther into the water, beyond the lily pads, and Asey heard her grunt of satisfaction.

    Instead of centuries, my fellow wanderers had come to command cohorts, sturdy and strong, armed with spear, bow and sword, protected by shields of stout wood and hide, their bodies covered by thickly padded cloth armor, a good substitute for metal when used only against atlatl darts.

    A ridge of electrophorescent cells circling the pad were casting an austere light over the spaceplane.

    And that the Auteur had apparently remained alcohol-free for the whole next three-and-a-half months, from Xmas of the Year of the Tucks Medicated Pad to 1 April of the Year of the Trial-Size Dove Bar, the date of his suicide.

    The coachman held his hand out to Ava, which she took and quickly ducked inside, landing on a thickly padded velvet squab, the same deep red color of the silk covered walls.

    Then Bade opened the bottom drawer of his desk, and pulled out a pad of dun-colored official forms.