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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun pad:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb pad:


The word pad is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun pad

What does pad mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: pads

  1. a number of sheets of paper fastened together along one edge
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • synonyms of pad: pad of paper / tablet
    • more generic word: paper = a material made of cellulose pulp derived mainly from wood or rags or certain grasses
    • more specific terms:
  2. the large floating leaf of an aquatic plant (as the water lily)
    • lexical domain: Plants - nouns denoting plants
    • more generic words: foliage / leaf / leafage = the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants
    • more specific term: lily pad = floating leaves of a water lily
    • part of: aquatic plant / hydrophyte / hydrophytic plant / water plant = a plant that grows partly or wholly in water whether rooted in the mud, as a lotus, or floating without anchorage, as the water hyacinth
  3. a block of absorbent material saturated with ink; used to transfer ink evenly to a rubber stamp
  4. a flat mass of soft material used for protection, stuffing, or comfort
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: cushioning / padding = artifact consisting of soft or resilient material used to fill or give shape or protect or add comfort
    • more specific terms:
      • underlayment / carpet pad / underlay / rug pad = a pad placed under a carpet
      • cleaning pad = a pad used as a cleaning implement
      • mat = a small pad of material that is used to protect surface from an object placed on it
      • mattress = a large thick pad filled with resilient material and often incorporating coiled springs, used as a bed or part of a bed
      • mattress pad = a protective pad over a mattress to protect it
      • panel = a soft pad placed under a saddle
      • plastron = a large pad worn by a fencer to protect the chest
      • potholder = an insulated pad for holding hot pots
      • powderpuff / puff = a soft spherical object made from fluffy fibers
      • rat = a pad (usually made of hair) worn as part of a woman's coiffure
      • sanitary napkin / sanitary towel = a disposable absorbent pad worn to absorb menstrual flow
      • table mat / hot pad = a pad for use under a hot dish to protect a table
      • transdermal patch / skin patch = a medicated adhesive pad placed on the skin for absorption of a time released dose of medication into the bloodstream
  5. a platform from which rockets or space craft are launched
  6. temporary living quarters
  7. the fleshy cushion-like underside of an animal's foot or of a human's finger

Alternative definition of the noun pad


  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. A sanitary napkin.
  10. [US] A floating leaf of a water lily or similar plant.
  11. [cricket] a batsman's leg pad that protects it from damage when hit by the ball
  12. 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.
  13. A panel or strip of material designed to be sensitive to pressure or touch.
  14. A keypad.
  15. A flat surface or area from which a helicopter or other aircraft may land or be launched.
  16. An electrical extension cord with a multi-port socket one end: "trip cord"
  17. The effect produced by sustained lower reed notes in a musical piece, most common in blues music.
  18. [US, slang] A bed.
  19. [colloquial] A place of residence.
  20. [cryptography] A random key (originally written on a disposable pad) of the same length as the plaintext.
  21. A mousepad.
  22. [British, dialectal] A toad.
  23. [British, dialectal, Australia, Ireland] A footpath; a road or track.
  24. An easy-paced horse; a padnag.
  25. [British, obsolete] A robber that infests the road on foot; a highwayman or footpad.
  26. [British, dialectal] A type of wickerwork basket, especially as used as a measure of fish or other goods.
  27. The sound of soft footsteps, or a similar noise made by an animal etc.

Specialised definition of the noun pad

Glossary of sports

a cushioned target used in boxing and martial arts (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / cricket

a protective covering worn by batsmen and wicketkeepers on the front of the lower leg (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / fencing

a soft protective cushion inside the guard

Definition of the verb pad

What does pad mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: padded, padding

  1. add details to
  2. walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud
  3. line or stuff with soft material
  4. add padding to
    • example: pad the seat of the chair
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 3
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of pad: bolster
    • more generic terms: fill / fill up / make full = make full, also in a metaphorical sense

Other definitions of pad

What does pad also mean?


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


  1. PAD a.k.a. Peter David: Peter Allen David often abbreviated PAD, is an American writer of comic books, novels, television, movies and video games. His notable comic book work includes an award-winning 12-year run on The Incredible Hulk, as well as runs on Aquaman, Young Justice, Supergirl, X-Factor and Fallen Angel.
  2. Pad a.k.a. Joseph Teller is the father of actor Teller.

There are other people with in their name, like Pad McLaughlin, Pad Joe Whelehan.


"Pad" a.k.a. "The Fall" is a 1999 short film directed by Aurel Klimt.

  • also known as Pád
  • countries: Czech Republic, Canada
  • language: English Language
  • genres: Romance Film, Drama
  • released in (16 years ago)


  1. "Pad" is a musical album of The Croppies.
    • released in (13 years ago)
  2. "Pad" is a composition.
  3. "Pad" is a composition.


Pad a.k.a. Paderborn Lippstadt Airport: Paderborn/Lippstadt Airport is a minor international airport in the Ostwestfalen-Lippe area in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. While the name implies a location within the city of Paderborn or the town of Lippstadt, the airport is actually located near the town of Büren, around 18 km from Paderborn city center. It mainly serves flights to European leisure destinations.


  1. PAD a.k.a. Portable Application Description: PAD or Portable Application Description is a machine-readable document format and specification designed by the Association of Shareware Professionals and introduced in 1998. The PAD specification is utilized by more than 52,000 software publishers of downloadable applications covering the Windows, OS X, and Linux operating systems. PAD is a worldwide registered trademark of the Association of Software Professionals and managed by the ASP PAD Committee.
  2. Pad a.k.a. Paumarí Language: Paumarí is an Arauan language spoken in Brazil by about 700 people. It is spoken by the Paumari Indians, who call their language “Pamoari”. The word “Pamoari” has several different meanings in the Paumarí language: ‘man,’ ‘people,’ ‘human being,’ and ‘client.’ These multiple meanings stem from their different relationships with outsiders; presumably it means ‘human being’ when they refer to themselves to someone of ostensibly equal status, and ‘client’ when referring to their people among river traders and Portuguese speakers.
    • also known as Purupurú, Paumari language
  3. Pad is a file format.
  4. Pad a.k.a. peptidyl arginine deiminase, type IV is a gene.
    • also known as PADI-H protein; peptidyl arginine deiminase, type V; protein-arginine deiminase
  5. Pad a.k.a. DEAH (Asp-Glu-Ala-His) box polypeptide 40 is a gene.
    • also known as DEAD/H (Asp-Glu-Ala-Asp/His) box polypeptide 40 (RNA helicase)

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Pad

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Google previewCompTIA Security+ SY0-201 Cert Guide (2010)

by David L. Prowse

The first is the one-time pad and the second is the Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) application and encryption method. One-Time Pad A one-time pad is a cipher that encrypts plaintext with a secret random key that is the same length as the plaintext.

Google previewHandbook of Chronic Kidney Disease Management (2012)

by John T. Daugirdas

Prevention Risk Factor Modification PAD is a manifestation of atherosclerosis. As with CKD, PAD is a coronary artery disease risk equivalent condition, so not surprisingly, many of the preventive measures are similar. Preventive measures ...

Google preview100 Questions & Answers About Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) (2010)

by Emile Mohler III, Alan T. Hirsch

PAD is a common disease, caused by the build-up of fatty deposits ...

Google previewAlgorithms and Complexity (2014)

by Gerard Meurant

The one-time pad The one-time pad is a nearly perfect cryptographic ...

Google previewHandbook of Theoretical Computer Science: Algorithms and complexity (1990)

by Jan Leeuwen

The one-time pad The one-time pad is a nearly perfect cryptographic ...

Google previewThe Asperkid's Launch Pad (2013)

Home Design to Empower Everyday Superheroes by Jennifer Cook O'Toole

The Asperkid's Launch Pad is a visually-led guide to preparing a home environment that supports the development of children with Asperger syndrome.

Google previewAtlas of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (2015)

by Deepak Kademani, Paul Tiwana

The malar fat pad is a triangular structure superficial to the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS)...

The buccal fat pad is an important structure within the cheek.

Google previewPrinciples of Bacterial Detection: Biosensors, Recognition Receptors and Microsystems (2008)

by Mohammed Zourob, Sauna Elwary, Anthony P. F. Turner

Sample and collection pads are cellulose membranes, and the conjugate pad is a fiberglass membrane and capture pad is a nitrocellulose membrane. (a) Corresponds to a top view, ...

Google previewIssues in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery: 2011 Edition (2012)

PAD is a major determinant of mortality. Smoking did not contribute to mortality in this study,” wrote Y. Luo and colleagues, Institute of Health Science. The researchers concluded: “Further research is needed.” Luo and colleagues published ...

Google previewEffective Time Management in easy steps (2012)

by John Carroll

The capture pad is a good starting point so implement that right now. l. 2. Keep your action list in sight all day and cross off each task as you complete it. l. 3. Break big tasks down into a number of sub-tasks of around 10 minutes duration.

Google previewPictorial Computer Dictionary (2003)

by Dheeraj Mehrotra


Google previewCryptographic Boolean Functions and Applications (2009)

by Thomas W. Cusick, Pantelimon Stanica

The one-time pad is an impractical cipher because it requires so much keystream . If you could send large amounts of keystream securely to your intended recipients of messages, why not do away with the encryption and simply send the ...

Google previewReport on FQPA tolerance reassessment progress and interim risk management decision : phostebupirim.

The PAD is a relatively new term that characterizes the dietary risk of a chemical, and reflects the Reference Dose, ...

Google previewThe Complete Illustrated Stitch Encyclopedia (2004)

by Bookspan

The steps on page 310 show you how to put a new cover on any removable seat pad — including traditional types with webbing strips stretched across a frame, and modern styles with a solid wooden base. Most seat pads are softened with a ...

Google previewFocal Illustrated Dictionary of Telecommunications (2013)

by Xerxes Mazda, Fraidoon Mazda

Packet Assembler-Disassembler (PAD): A device which enables equipment not designed for operating over a Packet Switched Network (PSN) (X.25 network) to do so. It takes a character stream, such as from asynchronous terminals, as in ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Hallucinations (2009)

by Jan Dirk Blom

PAD. Model. see Perception and Attention deficit model.

P PAD Model Palihaptic Phenomenon Palinacousis Palinacusis.

Google previewA Dictionary of Slang and Colloquial English (1905)

Abridged from the Seven-volume Work, Entitled: Slang and Its Analogues by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley

Pad. 1. A path, road, highway: also High-pad (1573). 2. An easy- paced horse ...

Google previewThe South African Dictionary of Sport (2003)

by Joel Alswang

Return crease Popping crease Cricket pad and wides are not accepted as one of the six, but they do count as extra runs added to the batting side's total score. The bowler is not allowed to bowl two overs consecutively in an innings; (2) the call ...

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Maids pass Lilly pad
Native Essex frog winks while
long tongue licks warm beer.

Darting tongue thrusts out
old frog dies on lily pad
maidens weeps green tears. (Ruth Walters)
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Scrabble value of P3A1D2

The value of this 3-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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