A pad is generally a surface, but there are many different kinds of pads:

  • You can take notes on a notepad or on a pad of paper.


notepad / pad of paper

  • Many people use a mouse pad under a mouse.


mouse pad

  • A frog rests on a lily pad.


lily pad

  • A mattress pad provides additional comfort to a mattress.


mattress pad

  • Anything that is padded is usually more comfortable.



  • She’s wearing knee and elbow pads for protection.


knee and elbow pads

  • He’s moving into his new pad.

(Sometimes the word "pad" is used in place of the noun, "apartment.")

man moving in

a new pad

You can also used the word "pad" as a verb. In this case, it means to add more:

  • She’s padding her salary by doing extra work around the office and collecting overtime.
  • They’re going to pad their chairs with new cushions.
  • The bird padded her nest with dry grass.

The word "padded" is an adjective:

  • A padded chair is more comfortable than one that it unpadded.

padded chair a padded chair

Note: An iPad is a tablet computer made by Apple. The reason why they named it "iPad" is because it can function as a notepad does, but there are many things that you can do with an iPad other than take notes.

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May 4, 2013