• A flattened mass of anything soft, to sit or lie on.
  • A cushion used as a saddle without a tree or frame.
  • A soft, or small, cushion.
  • A cushion-like thickening of the skin on the under side of the toes of animals.
  • The mostly hairless flesh located on the bottom of an animal's foot or paw.
  • Any cushion-like part of the human body, especially the ends of the fingers.
  • A stuffed guard or protection, especially one worn on the legs of horses to prevent bruising.
  • A soft bag or cushion to relieve pressure, support a part, etc.
  • A sanitary napkin.
  • A floating leaf of a water lily or similar plant.
  • A soft cover for a batsman's leg that protects it from damage when hit by the ball.
  • 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.
  • A panel or strip of material designed to be sensitive to pressure or touch.
  • A keypad.
  • A flat surface or area from which a helicopter or other aircraft may land or be launched.
  • An electrical extension cord with a multi-port socket on one end: "trip cord"
  • The effect produced by sustained lower reed notes in a musical piece, most common in blues music.
  • A synthesizer instrument sound used for sustained background sounds.
  • A bed.
  • A small house, apartment, or mobile home occupied by a single person; such as a bachelor, playboy, etc.
  • A prison cell.
  • A random key (originally written on a disposable pad) of the same length as the plaintext.
  • A mousepad.
  • The amount by which a signal has been reduced.
  • A piece of timber fixed on a beam to fit the curve of the deck.
  • A toad.
  • A footpath, particularly one unformed or unmaintained; a road or track. See footpad.
  • An easy-paced horse; a padnag.
  • A robber that infests the road on foot; a highwayman or footpad.
  • A type of wickerwork basket, especially as used as a measure of fish or other goods.
  • The sound of soft footsteps, or a similar noise made by an animal etc.



  • 1554, "bundle of straw to lie on", probably from Low German or West Flemish pad ("sole of the foot"), perhaps ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *pent-, which would make it related to both path and find.
  • From Middle English pade, padde, from Old English padde, from Proto-Germanic *padd«≠. Cognate with Dutch pad, German Low German Pad, dialectal German Padde, Danish padde, Swedish padda, Icelandic padda, and possibly to English paddle.
  • From Dutch pad or Middle Low German pat ("path"). path.
  • Perhaps an alteration of ped.
  • Probably partly from Middle Low German, partly imitative. Some senses possibly influenced by pad.
  • Probably imitative, perhaps related to or influenced by Etymology 5, above.

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