(noun, verb, interjection)


1. Indicating a soft flat sound, as of bare footsteps.

- I heard her soft footsteps, pad, pad along the corridor.


1. a number of sheets of paper fastened together along one edge

Similar word(s): tablet

Definition categories: substance, paper

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

Definition categories: plant, foliage, leaf, leafage

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

Definition categories: man–made, block

4. a flat mass of soft material used for protection, stuffing, or comfort

Definition categories: man–made, cushioning, padding

5. a platform from which rockets or space craft are launched

Similar word(s): launchpad

Definition categories: man–made, platform

6. temporary living quarters

Similar word(s): diggings, digs, domiciliation, lodgings

Definition categories: man–made, quarters

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

Definition categories: animal, structure


1. add details to

Similar word(s): aggrandise, aggrandize, dramatise, dramatize, embellish, embroider, lard

Definition categories: communication, amplify, exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, overstate

2. walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud

Similar word(s): footslog, plod, slog, tramp, trudge

Definition categories: motion, walk

3. line or stuff with soft material

- pad a bra

Definition categories: contact, stuff

4. add padding to

- pad the seat of the chair

Similar word(s): bolster

Definition categories: change, fill

Sentences with pad as a verb:

- The author began to pad her succinct stories with trite descriptions to keep up with current market trends.

- "Obama pads delegate lead ... with win in key western state." Austin American-Statesman newspaper, May 21, 2008.

- to pad cloth