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Etymology 1

Origin unknown; perhaps related to wad or inversely to a pad's lily pad?

Noun

Singular
pad

Plural
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pad ({{{1}}})
  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. 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. (US) A floating leaf of a water lily or similar plant.
  10. (cricket) a batsman's leg pad that protects it from damage when hit by the ball
  11. 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.
  12. A panel or strip of material designed to be sensitive to pressure or touch.
  13. A keypad.
  14. A flat surface or area from which a helicopter or other aircraft may land or be launched.
  15. An electrical extension cord with a multi-port socket one end: "trip cord"
  16. The effect produced by sustained lower reed notes in a musical piece, most common in blues music.
  17. (US, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A bed.
  18. (colloquial) A place of residence.
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Derived terms

Verb

Infinitive
to pad

Third person singular
padd

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to pad (third-person singular simple present padd, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To stuff.
  2. (transitive) To furnish with a pad or padding.
  3. (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.
    "Obama pads delegate lead ... with win in key western state." Austin American-Statesman newspaper, May 21, 2008.
  4. (transitive) To imbue uniformly with a mordant.
    to pad cloth
  5. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to deliberately play the ball with the leg pad instead of the bat.
Translations

Etymology 2

Precise etymology unknown; probably existed (though unattested) in Old English. Cognate with Dutch pad, dialectal German Padde, Swedish padda, Danish padde, and possibly ancestor to the pad-like English paddle.

Noun

Singular
pad

Plural
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pad ({{{1}}})
  1. (UK, dialectal) A toad.

Etymology 3

From Dutch pad or Middle Low German pat ‘path’.

Noun

Singular
pad

Plural
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pad ({{{1}}})
  1. (UK, dialectal, Template loop detected: Template:context 2) A footpath; a road or track.
  2. An easy-paced horse; a padnag.
  3. (UK, obsolete) A robber that infests the road on foot; a highwayman or footpad.

Etymology 4

Perhaps an alteration of ped.

Noun

Singular
pad

Plural
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pad ({{{1}}})
  1. (UK, dialectal) A type of wickerwork basket, especially as used as a measure of fish or other goods.

Etymology 5

Probably partly from Middle Low German, partly imitative.

Verb

Infinitive
to pad

Third person singular
padd

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to pad (third-person singular simple present padd, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To travel along (a road, path etc.).
  2. (intransitive) To travel on foot.
  3. (intransitive) To wear a path by walking.
  4. (intransitive) To walk softly, quietly or steadily, especially without shoes.
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To practise highway robbery.
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Etymology 6

Probably imitative, perhaps related to or influenced by Etymology 5, above.

Interjection

pad

  1. Indicating a soft flat sound, as of bare footsteps.
    I heard her soft footsteps, pad, pad along the corridor.
Translations

Noun

Singular
pad

Plural
-

pad (-)
  1. The sound of soft footsteps, or a similar noise made by an animal etc.
Translations

Croatian

Noun

pad m (plural padovi)

  1. fall

Declension


Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

pad f. (plural padden, diminutive padje)

  1. toad (an amphibian similar to a frog with bigger back legs and more ragged skin)

Noun

pad n. (plural paden, diminutive paadje)

  1. path (narrow road, usually unpaved)

Derived terms


Hungarian

Etymology

From a Slavonic language, compare Croatian pod.

Pronunciation

Noun

pad (plural padok)

  1. bench

Declension

Derived terms


Swedish

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Abbreviation

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  1. histopathology

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