pad

pad
[[t]pæ̱d[/t]]
pads, padding, padded
1) N-COUNT A pad is a fairly thick, flat piece of a material such as cloth or rubber. Pads are used, for example, to clean things, to protect things, or to change their shape.

He withdrew the needle and placed a pad of cotton-wool over the spot.

...a scouring pad.

...a flowered dress with shoulder pads.

2) N-COUNT A pad of paper is a number of pieces of paper which are fixed together along the top or the side, so that each piece can be torn off when it has been used.

She wrote on a pad of paper...

Have a pad and pencil ready and jot down some of your thoughts...

`Here's your ticket,' he said, and he tore it off the pad.

3) VERB When someone pads somewhere, they walk there with steps that are fairly quick, light, and quiet.

[V prep/adv] Freddy speaks very quietly and pads around in soft velvet slippers.

[V prep/adv] ...a dog padding through the streets...

[V n] Kissinger rages as he pads the corridors.

4) N-COUNT A pad is a platform or an area of flat, hard ground where helicopters take off and land or rockets are launched.
See also launch pad

...a little round helicopter pad.

...a landing pad on the back of the ship...

Journalists report seeing a fire on the pad after the launch.

5) N-COUNT: usu sing, usu poss N People can refer to the place where they live as their pad, especially if it is a flat. [INFORMAL, OLD-FASHIONED]

I moved on round the big house to reach my pad...

It wouldn't have occurred to me to get myself a bachelor pad.

6) N-COUNT: usu pl, usu N of n The pads of a person's fingers and toes or of an animal's feet are the soft, fleshy parts of them.

Tap your cheeks all over with the pads of your fingers.

7) VERB If you pad something, you put something soft in it or over it in order to make it less hard, to protect it, or to give it a different shape.

[V n with n] Pad the back of a car seat with a pillow...

[V n] I can tell you I always padded my bras.

Derived words:
padded ADJ

...a padded jacket.

...back-rests padded with camel's wool.

8) See also padding
Phrasal Verbs:

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