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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PAD

He went over to the desk and began to scribble a name on the pad of paper.

For seconds, there was revealed the busy stenographer, bent over his pad.

"We are very glad to welcome you to the McKee family," was what was written on the pad.

"Write it on the regular form," she said, and pushed a pad and pencil toward him.

The upholsterer should so fill the pad that the wearer will have difficulty in balancing it.

He drew a pad toward him, took out his pencil, and the two set to work.

The major looked at him sharply, then shoved a pad across the desk.

Leaving her with a pad upon which he had scribbled "Patience, Fatima, wife of Bluebeard!"

I had the light drag on, and I did not thumb the pad hard, but the tuna broke the line.

The pad is to keep the vibrations of the alarm from making the plate vibrate.

WORD ORIGIN

1550s, "bundle of straw to lie on," possibly from or related to Low German or obsolete Flemish pad "sole of the foot," which is perhaps from PIE *pent- "to tread, go" (see find (v.)), but cf. path (n.). Meaning "cushion-like part of an animal foot" is from 1790 in English. Generalized sense of "something soft" is from c.1700; the sense of "a number of sheets fastened together" (in writing pad, drawing pad, etc.) is from 1865.

Sense of "takeoff or landing place for a helicopter" is from 1960. The word persisted in underworld slang from early 18c. in the sense "sleeping place," and was popularized again c.1959, originally in beatnik speech (later hippie slang) in its original English sense of "place to sleep temporarily."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PAD

abode

nounbuilding or place where one resides
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.