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a. the fleshy cushion-like underpart of the foot of a cat, dog, etc.
b. any of the parts constituting such a structure
2. Entomol a nontechnical name for pulvillus
3. the large flat floating leaf of the water lily
4. Electronics a resistive attenuator network inserted in the path of a signal to reduce amplitude or to match one circuit to another


An isolated mass of concrete forming a foundation.



a term used in Siberia and the Soviet Far East to designate ravines and the valleys of streams and small rivers.


(aerospace engineering)
A small circumscribed mass of fatty tissue, as in terminal phalanges of the fingers or the underside of the toes of an animal, such as a dog.
An arrangement of fixed resistors used to reduce the strength of a radio-frequency or audio-frequency signal by a desired fixed amount without introducing appreciable distortion. Also known as fixed attenuator.
A layer of material used as a cushion or for protection.
A projection of excess metal on a casting forging, or welded part.
An area within an airstrip or airway that is used for warming up the motors of an airplane before takeoff.
A block of stone or masonry set on a wall to distribute a load that is concentrated at that portion of the wall. Also known as padstone.
That portion of an airstrip or airway from which an airplane leaves the ground on takeoff or first touches the ground on landing.
The brickwork that is beneath the molten iron at the base of a blast furnace.

padstone, pad

A strong block bedded on a wall to distribute a concentrated load; a template, 2.



(1) To fill a data structure with bits or characters. See padding.

(2) (PAD) (Packet Assembler/Disassembler) A communications device that formats outgoing data into packets of the required length for transmission in an X.25 packet switching network. It also strips the data out of incoming packets.

(3) An iPad-like tablet computer. See iPad and tablet computer.
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Screen-printing equipment for semiautomatic and multicolor fully automatic applications, small and large pad printers, hot-stamping equipment, hot-air drying conveyors, flame treating equipment, and ultraviolet ink-curing systems.
In another test, the researchers discovered that the mucus has a watery consistency, causing it to flow away quickly so that a pad can directly contact a surface, Federle says.
If you want to know if PBDEs from carpet pad are harmful, look no further than the recyclers.
The bro-brah, by definition, is incapable of holding a job for very long, so enjoy their lax pad enforcement while it lasts.
Though not quite accurate, it highlights the difference between Liquicell and the gel-filled pads commonly found in many bicycle seats.
Three more washable pads are Lunapads, Many Moons and Pandora Pads.
I went canoeing at Girl Scout camp, and I decided to go with a pad instead of a tampon.
This gives the information necessary to determine the number of cavities which can be accommodated by a particular pad and mold.
1 upgrade, which delivered enhancements, system software upgrades and software fixes to the Pepper Pad 3, Pepper Pad and Pepper Desktop in December.
Six companies are introducing a variety of pad printing equipment at the show.
If the outer fabric is torn and the inner foam exposed, replace the pad.