- 1A thick piece of soft material used to reduce friction or jarring, enlarge or change the shape of something, or hold or absorb liquid: sterile gauze padsMore example sentences
- The basic material in both pads is soft and springy.
- If the person is bleeding, cover the wound with a gauze pad or a thick, clean piece of cloth and press on the wound hard enough to stop the bleeding.
- First, the normal saline and sterile gauze pads needed for the dressings usually are inexpensive and readily accessible in health care facilities.
- 1.1 short for ink pad.
- 1.2The fleshy underpart of an animal’s foot or of a human finger.More example sentences
- A dull aching head-ache drummed through her head like finger pads on a drum skin.
- Distended finger and toe pads enable them to cling unerringly, leap after leap, to even the most slippery branches.
- Geebee and Wang have also lost the hair under the pads of their feet, which in the wild is necessary to protect them against ice and snow.
- 1.3A protective guard worn by a sports player to protect a part of the body from blows.More example sentences
- Since the players aren't wearing pads, the contact is reduced significantly.
- In Jacksonville, the players had to wear pads even on Friday, which normally is a light practice day.
- For example, football players wear pads and a helmet to protect them when they play football.
- 2A number of sheets of blank paper fastened together at one edge, used for writing or drawing on.More example sentences
- So she gently ripped out a sheet of graph paper from her drawing pad and started drawing again.
- Each was bound along the left ledge with the kind of rubbery glue used to bind a pad of writing paper and featured jokes and an occasional smidgen of story.
- Then I sit down at my desk and stare at a blank pad of paper until I can get myself going.
- 3A flat-topped structure or area used for helicopter takeoff and landing or for rocket launching.More example sentences
- I swerved around and checked on my team mates at the helicopter pad, ready to take off as soon as I gave them the signal.
- He is also presently looking for a helicopter pad around the Atticall area.
- Cape Clear Island, one of the last large islands in Ireland without a helipad is to have a helicopter pad to cater for both day and night time landings.
- 3.1 Electronics A flat area on a track of a printed circuit or on the edge of an integrated circuit to which wires or component leads can be attached to make an electrical connection.More example sentences
- These devices consist of a belt with attachable electronic units or electrode pads connected by wires to a power source.
- The printed circuit board has a plurality of first electrical pads and a first cutout, the printed circuit board connected to the head disc assembly.
- A preformed metal ball held in the concave mouth is bonded to the metal pad of the integrated circuit.
- 4 • informal A person’s home: the police raided my padMore example sentences
- Stately homes, luxury country pads, five-star hotels and even budget youth hostels are lining up to provide race fans accommodation.
- However it is ideal as a bachelor pad or as a starter home.
- In Knutsford, which is more renowned for its millionaire pads than cheap starter homes, some estate agents say that they haven't sold to a first-time buyer for over six months.
- 5 short for lily pad.
verb (pads, padding, padded)[with object] (often as adjective padded) Back to top
- 1Fill or cover (something) with a soft material in order to give it a particular shape, protect it or its contents, or make it more comfortable: a padded envelopeMore example sentences
- Tables are decked out with blue covers, and the seats are also padded and covered.
- The clamping parts are well padded to protect the gun.
- The chair and sofa were thickly padded, covered with real Ahlbetera leather, the furniture made of real wood.
- 1.1North American Add false items to (an expense report or bill) in order to receive unjustified payment: faked repairs and padded expenses for government work reaped billions of dollars for the MafiaMore example sentences
- To hide the bills from her family, she embezzled US $241,061 from the company over three years by padding her expense account, authorities said.
- The city claims that Carvin showed poor judgment and overstepped his authority in raising issues of attorney bill padding.
- But don't add customers just for the sake of padding the client list and the sales figures - as numerous models demonstrate, cash flow is king.
mid 16th century (in the sense 'bundle of straw to lie on'): the senses may not be of common origin; the meaning 'underpart of an animal's foot' is perhaps related to Low German pad 'sole of the foot'; the history remains obscure.
verb (pads, padding, padded)[no object]
- 1Walk with steady steps making a soft dull sound: she padded along the corridorMore example sentences
- Walter chuckled and continued to walk, and Edie padded along with him, wide-eyed in amazement.
- She walked that way too, her feet making no sound as they padded along the hardwood floor.
- I padded along the corridor and put my head round the door.
- 1.1 [with object] Travel along (a road or route) on foot: he was padding the streetsMore example sentences
- Turning away from my pack I padded the outskirts of the forest that lined the city's boundaries.
- I got out of bed and padded my way to my computer and switched it on, connected to the internet and checked my e-mail.
- Suddenly very curious about what it was, I climbed out of bed and padded my way over to the box.
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- The soft dull sound of steady steps: he heard the pad of feetMore example sentences
- She then heard the soft pad of Alexia's feet across the hall floor as she made her way to the kitchen.
- Caught up in her vision she barely hears the soft pad of approaching paws behind her.
- I suddenly fell silent, hearing the near-inaudible pad of feet against carpet.
mid 16th century: from Low German padden 'to tread, go along a path', partly imitative.