Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Perhaps from Low German, 'bottom surface of the foot'


1 noun
pad1 S3 [countable]

soft material

TD a thick flat object made of cloth or rubber, used to protect or clean something, or to make something more comfortable
pad of
Press on the wound with a large pad of cotton wool.
Use an abrasive pad for stubborn stains.
knee/elbow/shin/shoulder pad (=a pad that you wear to protect a part of your body when you are playing a sport)


TCN several sheets of paper fastened together, used for writing or drawing
writing/sketch/memo/legal etc pad
a box of paints and a sketch pad
Keep a telephone pad and a pen to hand.
a pad of paper

flat ground

a piece of flat ground where small aircraft can land
launch/landing/helicopter pad
The hospital has built a helicopter pad.

animal's foot

HBA the flesh on the bottom of the foot of a cat, dog, etc


old-fashioned informalDH someone's apartment or the room where they live

water plant

the leaf of a water lily

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