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Definition of pad noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    of soft material
  1. 1a thick piece of soft material that is used, for example, for absorbing liquid, cleaning, or protecting something medicated cleansing pads for sensitive skin sanitary pads (= that a woman uses during her period ) see also shoulder pad
  2. of paper
  3. 2a number of pieces of paper for writing or drawing on, that are fastened together at one edge a sketch/writing pad She always kept a pad and pencil by the phone. see also notepad, scratch pad
  4. of animal's foot
  5. 3the soft part under the foot of a cat, dog, etc. A cat detects vibrations through the pads of its feet.
  6. for cleaning
  7. 4a small piece of rough material used for cleaning pans, surfaces, etc. a scouring pad
  8. for spacecraft/helicopter
  9. 5a flat surface where a spacecraft or a helicopter takes off and lands helicopter landing pads Two booster rockets will power the shuttle off the pad. see also helipad, launch pad
  10. for protection
  11. 6[usually plural] a piece of thick material that you wear in some sports, for example football and hockey, to protect your legs, elbows, etc.
  12. of water plants
  13. 7the large flat leaf of some water plants, especially the water lily floating lily pads
  14. apartment
  15. 8[usually singular] (old-fashioned) (informal) the place where someone lives, especially an apartment He moved back into his old bachelor pad (= a house or apartment in which a man who is not married enjoys life without family responsibilities). see also ink pad, keypad
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pad