Origin unknown; perhaps related to wad or inversely to a pad#Etymology 2|pad's term|lily pad?
- A flattened mass of anything soft, to sit or lie on.
- context|US|slang A bed.
- colloquial A place of residence.
- 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; 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.
- US A floating leaf of a water lily or similar plant.
- cricket a batsman's leg pad 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 one end: "trip cord"
- the effect produced by sustained lower reeds|reed notes in a musical piece, most common in blues music.
trans-top|mass of anything soft
trans-top|small, soft cushion
French: coussinet m
trans-top|block of paper
trans-top|cushion used as a saddle without a tree or frame
trans-top|stuffed guard or protection, especially one worn on the legs of horses to prevent bruising
trans-top|cushion-like thickening of the skin one the under side of the toes of animals
trans-top|floating leaf of a water lily or similar plant
trans-top|soft bag or cushion to relieve pressure, support a part, etc
- transitive To stuff.
- transitive To furnish with a pad or padding.
- transitive To fill or lengthen (a story, one's importance, etc.).
- transitive To imbue uniformly with a mordant.
#:to pad cloth
- context|transitive|cricket to deliberately play the ball with the leg pad instead of the bat.
trans-top|furnish with a pad or padding
Finnish: pehmustaa, topata
trans-top|imbue uniformly with a mordant
Precise etymology unknown; probably existed (though unattested) in Old English. Cognate with Dutch #Dutch|pad, dialectal German Padde, Swedish padda, Danish padde, and possibly ancestor to the pad-like English term|paddle.
- context|UK|dialectal A toad.
From Dutch #Dutch|pad or Middle Low German pat â€˜pathâ€™.
- context|UK|dialectal|Australia|Ireland A footpath; a road or track.
- An easy-paced horse; a padnag.
- obsolete A robber that infests the road on foot; a highwayman or footpad.
Perhaps an alteration of ped.
- context|UK|dialectal A type of wickerwork basket, especially as used as a measure of fish or other goods.
Probably partly from Middle Low German, partly imitative.
- transitive To travel along (a road, path etc.).
- intransitive To travel on foot.
- intransitive To wear a path by walking.
- intransitive To walk softly, quietly or steadily, especially without shoes.
- context|intransitive|obsolete To practise highway robbery.
trans-top|travel upon foot
trans-top|wear a path by walking
Probably imitative, perhaps related to or influenced by Etymology 5, above.
- Indicating a soft flat sound, as of bare footsteps.
#:I heard her soft footsteps, pad, pad along the corridor.''
- The sound of soft footsteps, or a similar noise made by an animal etc.
- toad (an amphibian similar to a frog with bigger back legs and more ragged skin)
- path (narrow road, usually unpaved)
From a Slavic language, compare Croatian pod
rfv|should this move to the all caps page?