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.

Primary Meanings of pad

a flat mass of soft material used for protection, stuffing, or comfort
add padding to
walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud
a platform from which rockets or space craft are launched
temporary living quarters
the large floating leaf of an aquatic plant (as the water lily)
Full Definitions of pad

n 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
Type of:
cushioning, padding
artifact consisting of soft or resilient material used to fill or give shape or protect or add comfort

n the fleshy cushion-like underside of an animal's foot or of a human's finger

Type of:
anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure
a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing

n a number of sheets of paper fastened together along one edge

pad of paper, tablet
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

n a block of absorbent material saturated with ink; used to transfer ink evenly to a rubber stamp

inking pad, inkpad, stamp pad
Type of:
a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)

v add padding to

pad the seat of the chair”
Type of:
fill, fill up, make full
make full, also in a metaphorical sense

v line or stuff with soft material

pad a bra”
fill out
give (hair) the appearance of being fuller by using a rat
Type of:
cram into a cavity

v add details to

aggrandise, aggrandize, blow up, dramatise, dramatize, embellish, embroider, lard
cause to seem more splendid
Type of:
amplify, exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, overstate
to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth

v walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud

footslog, plod, slog, tramp, trudge
slop, slosh, splash, splosh, squelch, squish
walk through mud or mire
Type of:
use one's feet to advance; advance by steps

n a platform from which rockets or space craft are launched

launch area, launch pad, launching pad, launchpad
Type of:
a raised horizontal surface

n temporary living quarters

diggings, digs, domiciliation, lodgings
Type of:
living quarters, quarters
housing available for people to live in

n the large floating leaf of an aquatic plant (as the water lily)

lily pad
floating leaves of a water lily
Type of:
foliage, leaf, leafage
the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants

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