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pad

noun [C] uk   /pæd/ us  

pad noun [C] (MATERIAL)

a piece of soft, thick cloth or rubber, used to protect a part of the body, give shape to something, or clean something: a knee/shoulder pad Football players often wear shin pads to protect their legs. In the 1980s, shoulder pads were very fashionable in women's clothes. She wiped her eye make-up off with a cotton wool pad.Parts of clothes

pad noun [C] (PAPER)

a number of pieces of paper that have been fastened together along one side, used for writing or drawing on: I have a pad and pencil for taking notes. I always keep a pad of paper by the phone.
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pad noun [C] (FLAT SURFACE)

a hard flat area of ground where helicopters can take off and land, or from which rockets are sent: The hotel has its own helicopter pad. Missiles have been launched from their pads deep in enemy territory.Airports and landing strips one of the large flat leaves of a water lily: a lily padParts of plants

pad noun [C] (FOOT)

the soft part at the bottom of a cat or dog's paw (= foot)The legs and feet of non-human animals

pad noun [C] (HOUSE)

old-fashioned slang a person's house or apartment: a bachelor padHome

pad

verb [T] uk   /pæd/ (-dd-) us  
to put pieces of soft material in something to make it soft, give it a different shape, or protect what is inside: These walking boots are padded with shock-resistant foam.Covering and adding layers
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