• Indicating a soft flat sound, as of bare footsteps.

    "I heard her soft footsteps, pad, pad along the corridor."


  • (cricket) A soft cover for a batsman's leg that protects it from damage when hit by the ball.
  • (Britain, dialectal) A toad.
  • A keypad.
  • (Britain, obsolete) A robber that infests the road on foot; a highwayman or footpad.
  • The effect produced by sustained lower reed notes in a musical piece, most common in blues music.
  • A flattened mass of anything soft, to sit or lie on.
  • (colloquial) A place of residence.
  • A cushion-like thickening of the skin on the under side of the toes of animals.
  • (nautical) A piece of timber fixed on a beam to fit the curve of the deck.
  • A stuffed guard or protection, especially one worn on the legs of horses to prevent bruising.
  • The sound of soft footsteps, or a similar noise made by an animal etc.
  • (US) A floating leaf of a water lily or similar plant.
  • A panel or strip of material designed to be sensitive to pressure or touch.
  • An easy-paced horse; a padnag.
  • An electrical extension cord with a multi-port socket one end: "trip cord"
  • (Britain, dialectal) A type of wickerwork basket, especially as used as a measure of fish or other goods.
  • (US, slang) A bed.
  • A soft, or small, cushion.
  • A mousepad.
  • Any cushion-like part of the human body, especially the ends of the fingers.
  • A sanitary napkin.
  • 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.
  • (Britain, dialectal, Australia, Ireland) A footpath, particularly one unformed or unmaintained; a road or track. See footpad.
  • A flat surface or area from which a helicopter or other aircraft may land or be launched.
  • The act of highway robbery.
  • A synthesizer instrument sound used for sustained background sounds.
  • A cushion used as a saddle without a tree or frame.
  • (cryptography) A random key (originally written on a disposable pad) of the same length as the plaintext.
  • The mostly hairless flesh located on the bottom of an animal's foot or paw.
  • A soft bag or cushion to relieve pressure, support a part, etc.


  • (transitive) To fill or lengthen (a story, one's importance, etc.).

    ""Obama pads delegate lead ... with win in key western state." Austin American-Statesman newspaper, May 21, 2008."

  • (transitive) To travel along (a road, path etc.).
  • (intransitive) To walk softly, quietly or steadily, especially without shoes.
  • (transitive) 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."

  • (transitive, cricket) to deliberately play the ball with the leg pad instead of the bat.
  • (intransitive) To wear a path by walking.
  • (transitive) To furnish with a pad or padding.
  • (transitive) To imbue uniformly with a mordant.

    "to pad cloth"

  • (intransitive) To travel on foot.
  • (intransitive, obsolete) To practise highway robbery.
  • (transitive) To stuff.

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