A pad is a soft cushion or mat that protects or supports something. Football players wear pads to keep their bodies from being injured, and you may sit on a pad to cushion your bottom.

A thick cotton bandage is one kind of pad, and your mattress might be topped by another kind of pad. There's also the soft, cushion-like pad on the bottom of an animal's paws as well as the fleshy part of your own fingertips. There are numerous other pads, including ink pads and helicopter landing pads, and — informally — your cool apartment, or pad. When you pad something, you stuff it, cushion it, or fill it out.

Definitions of pad
  1. noun
    a flat mass of soft material used for protection, stuffing, or comfort
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    carpet pad, rug pad, underlay, underlayment
    a pad placed under a carpet
    cleaning pad
    a pad used as a cleaning implement
    a small pad of material that is used to protect surface from an object placed on it
    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
    a soft pad placed under a saddle
    a large pad worn by a fencer to protect the chest
    an insulated pad for holding hot pots
    powderpuff, puff
    a soft spherical object made from fluffy fibers; for applying powder to the skin
    a pad (usually made of hair) worn as part of a woman's coiffure
    Kotex, sanitary napkin, sanitary towel
    a disposable absorbent pad (trade name Kotex); worn to absorb menstrual flow
    hot pad, table mat
    a pad for use under a hot dish to protect a table
    skin patch, transdermal patch
    a medicated adhesive pad placed on the skin for absorption of a time released dose of medication into the bloodstream
    air mattress
    a mattress that can be stored flat and inflated for use
    drip mat
    a small mat placed under a glass to protect a surface from condensation
    estradiol patch
    a transdermal patch that allows estradiol to be absorbed into the blood stream; used in treating estrogen deficiency and in hormone replacement therapy
    feather bed, featherbed
    a mattress stuffed with feathers
    mattress consisting of a pad of cotton batting that is used for sleeping on the floor or on a raised frame
    mouse mat, mousepad
    a small portable pad that provides traction for the ball of a computer mouse
    paillasse, palliasse
    mattress consisting of a thin pad filled with straw or sawdust
    a mattress filled with straw or a pad made of quilts; used as a bed
    place mat
    a mat serving as table linen for an individual place setting
    scouring pad
    a small abrasive cleaning pad used for scouring pots and pans
    soap pad
    a cleaning pad containing soap
    spring mattress
    a mattress containing springs in a rigid frame
    a light mattress
    a carpet pad of thick felt
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    cushioning, padding
    artifact consisting of soft or resilient material used to fill or give shape or protect or add comfort
  2. noun
    the fleshy cushion-like underside of an animal's foot or of a human's finger
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    anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure
    a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing
  3. noun
    a number of sheets of paper fastened together along one edge
    synonyms: pad of paper, tablet
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    message pad, writing pad
    a pad of paper on which messages can be written
    a pad of paper for keeping notes
    scratch pad, scratch paper, scribbling block
    pad for preliminary or hasty writing or notes or sketches etc
    type of:
    a material made of cellulose pulp derived mainly from wood or rags or certain grasses
  4. noun
    a block of absorbent material saturated with ink; used to transfer ink evenly to a rubber stamp
    synonyms: inking pad, inkpad, stamp pad
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    a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)
  5. verb
    add padding to
    pad the seat of the chair”
    synonyms: bolster
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    fill, fill up, make full
    make full, also in a metaphorical sense
  6. verb
    line or stuff with soft material
    synonyms: fill out
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    give (hair) the appearance of being fuller by using a rat
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    cram into a cavity
  7. verb
    add details to
    synonyms: aggrandise, aggrandize, blow up, dramatise, dramatize, embellish, embroider, lard
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    cause to seem more splendid
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    amplify, exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, overstate
    to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
  8. verb
    walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud
    synonyms: footslog, plod, slog, tramp, trudge
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    slop, slosh, splash, splosh, squelch, squish
    walk through mud or mire
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    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  9. noun
    a platform from which rockets or space craft are launched
    synonyms: launch area, launch pad, launching pad, launchpad
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    a raised horizontal surface
  10. noun
    temporary living quarters
    synonyms: diggings, digs, domiciliation, lodgings
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    type of:
    living quarters, quarters
    housing available for people to live in
  11. noun
    the large floating leaf of an aquatic plant (as the water lily)
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    lily pad
    floating leaves of a water lily
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    foliage, leaf, leafage
    the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants
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