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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
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An isolated mass of concrete forming a foundation.
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a term used in Siberia and the Soviet Far East to designate ravines and the valleys of streams and small rivers.

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(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.
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padstone, pad

A strong block bedded on a wall to distribute a concentrated load; a template, 2.
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(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. See iPad and tablet.
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In this study, we found a relationship between superolateral infrapatellar fat pad edema and patellar maltracking.
The fat pad functions to reduce friction between the patella, patellar tendon, and deep skeletal structures by distributing lubricant in the joint through several synovial recesses and fat alae.
Traianedes et al., "Differentiation of stem cells from human infrapatellar fat pad: characterization of cells undergoing chondrogenesis," Tissue Engineering Part A, vol.
The meta-analysis of fat weight indicated a significant positive overall association with early-life BPA exposure, although no differences between specific fat pads were found.
Large infrapatellar ganglionic cyst of the knee fat pad: a case report and review of the literature.
When there was an interaction we constructed a model to describe the fat pad volume in terms of age, height, weight, tibial plateau bone area, or KL grade while retaining cohort as the indicator variable to distinguish the three cohorts.
(b) Cross-sectional image of a mouse abdomen showing its layers (epidermis, dermis, hypodermis, panniculus carnosus muscle (PCM), adventitia, skeletal muscle, fascia, and fat pad).
A thorough understanding of facial anatomy, including muscles, nerves, bone, and fat pads, is essential for effective and safe treatment.
A prospective study was conducted on patients with oral defects covered by Buccal fat pad between July 2008 and January 2016 in department of oral and maxillofacial surgery of Khyber College of Dentistry Peshawar.
It took about two months for their weight to return to normal, although their overall fat pad remained larger than their peers who had never gained weight.