There are 2 definitions of pad in English:

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noun

1A thick piece of soft material, typically used to protect or shape something, or to absorb liquid: a pad of cotton wool
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  • 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.
Synonyms
dressing, compress, pack, padding, wadding, wad, stuffingcushion, squab, pillow, bolster; filling, stuffing, upholstery
1.1A protective guard worn by a sports player to protect a part of the body: cricket pads
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  • 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.
2The fleshy underpart of an animal’s foot or of a human finger: a dog’s pads will bleed profusely if cut
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  • 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.
3A number of sheets of blank paper fastened together at one edge, used for writing or drawing: she sketched something on a big white pad
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  • 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.
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4A flat-topped structure or area used for helicopter take-off and landing or for rocket-launching: an office building with a helicopter pad
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  • 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.
5 informal A person’s home: the police raided my pad
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  • 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.
6 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.
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  • 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.

verb (pads, padding, padded)

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1 (often as adjective padded) Fill or cover (something) with a soft material in order to protect or shape it or to make it more comfortable: a padded envelope
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  • 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.
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stuff, fill, pack, line, wad, upholster, cushion
2 (pad something out) Lengthen a speech or piece of writing with unnecessary material: don’t pad out your answer to make it seem impressive
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  • All I need to do is get some clip-art to pad it out, and re-write some pages.
  • So, how can I pad this out a bit and make it interesting?
  • In order to pad the movie out to a reasonable length (rather than having it end after 70 minutes), a middle act has been added that was not in any of the previous incarnations.
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spin out, fill out, augment, amplify, increase, add to, stretch out, eke out, flesh out, lengthen, overdo, protract, elaborate
3North American Defraud by adding false items to (an expenses claim or bill): padded expenses for government work reaped billions of dollars for the Mafia
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  • 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.
4 [no object] (pad up) Put on protective pads in order to play a sport, especially cricket: at the age of 90, he still pads up ready to bat
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  • It was as if they'd got all padded up for a cricket match and the opposing team had suddenly run onto the pitch with a rugby ball.
  • The player told him to pad up with every piece of protective equipment he could find and then stand in the goal and not move one inch.
  • They had to walk out through the boisterous members' area of the pavilion, then jog back through it a minute later to rush padding up in the 10 minutes allowed, and then walk back through the crowd to start the innings.
4.1 Cricket (Of a batsman) deliberately use one’s pads to block a ball: Childs fooled the youngster into padding up to a ball which didn’t spin away
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  • Batsmen padding up to incoming balls discovered that Balaji could achieve two-way movement at a lively speed.
  • His second ball, to Strauss, projected from round the wicket to the left-hander, turned prodigiously from out of the rough and, as the batsman padded up, spun across and behind him and pegged back his leg stump.
  • The option of padding up to deliveries can be helpful under a given set of circumstances but unfortunately batsmen at the junior level indulge in excessive pad play even under normal conditions.

Origin

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.

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Pronunciation: kənˈspɪkjʊəs
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verb (pads, padding, padded)

[no object, with adverbial of direction]
1Walk with steady steps making a soft dull sound: she padded along the corridor
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  • 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.
Synonyms
walk quietly, tread softly, walk barefoot, walk in stockinged feet, walk in slippers, shuffle, soft-shoe
1.1 [with object] Tramp along (a road or route) on foot: he was padding the streets
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  • 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.

noun

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The soft dull sound of steady steps: he heard the pad of feet
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  • 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.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Low German padden 'to tread, go along a path', partly imitative.

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