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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. See iPad and tablet.
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Using another color ink pad, tap your make-up or other sponge on the pad and sponge in background color, or stroke your colored marker directly onto the sponge and then stamp.
Ink Pad For Rubber Stamp Superior Quality, Size: 115 X 70 Mm.
At a variety or hobby store, purchase stamp ink pads in your choice of colors.
The secretary general said he had receipts to show that 4.5 million magnetic ink pads were received by the ECP and the paper trail to prove that the pads were delivered to polling stations.
The book-kit includes glitter glue, shiny sequins, 3 ink pads, 1 black marker pen, and tear-out greeting cards (to be decorated with thumbprints).
However, fingerprint technology has developed a long way from the ink pads of the 19th and early 20th Centuries.
Also for Little Kids is Big Fun Stamp Art, which includes a 30-page sketch pad; three washable ink pads: red, yellow, and blue; 12 stamps in varying sizes; eight washable markers; and two self-adhesive frames with hangtabs.
was also at the airport and was caught with a laptop and several ink pads. According to the public prosecution records, she admitted that she had intended to deliver them to the juvenile.
Some ads were related to postal business (lock boxes, ink pads and rubber stamps) but most were for products of interest to the homeowner and farmer.
New York City's police department, using computer scanners instead of ink pads, has created a searchable database of 100,000 palm prints.
The plastic storage box allows rubber stamping enthusiasts to use one container to organize, store and transport stamps and ink pads, along with the heating element.
Officers will also be given the go-ahead to use electronic scanners to gather fingerprints from suspects rather than relying on ink pads and paper.