American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A thief who preys on pedestrians.
- n. A plate or similar structure on the leg of a spacecraft that distributes weight and helps prevent sinking after landing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A highwayman who robs on foot; specifically, one of a large class, existing in Europe when police authority was still in an ineffective condition, who made a business of robbing people passing on horseback or in carriages.
- n. A pad fitted over the sole of a horse's foot to prevent balling in snow.
- n. An anklet of leather strapped on a horse's foot to prevent interfering; a boot.
- n. In entomology, a cushion-like expansion on the lower surface of the tarsal joints: applied especially to the onychium, or membranous cushion between the tarsal claws. Also called foot-cushion and pulvillus. See cut under flesh-fly.
- n. The soft underside of an animal's paw.
- n. medicine A medicated bandage for the treatment of corns and warts.
- n. archaic A thief on foot who robs travellers on the road.
- n. Australia (also "foot pad") An unmade, minor walking trail formed only by foot traffic.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A highwayman or robber on foot.
- n. a highwayman who robs on foot
- foot + obsolete pad, highwayman (probably from Middle Dutch pad, path; see pent- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A footpad is a robber or thief specializing in pedestrian victims.”
“But at least there was one Border highwayman -- or is "footpad" here the more correct term?”
“Ah, but those were the times when life was worth the living; when a man who went out by night knew not at which dark corner a "footpad" might leap upon and slay him; when wild beasts roamed the forest and the jungles, and there were savage men, and countries yet unexplored.”
“a "footpad" might leap upon and slay him; when wild beasts roamed the forest and the jungles, and there were savage men, and countries yet unexplored.”
“Dance Dance Revolution is a game that syncs dance music to the gamer's steps on a touch-sensitive footpad, with varying levels of difficulty.”
“Arlo wondered if his wife noticed the gristly lumps that had formed along the old scar on Shadow's neck, where the footpad of Cody's dirt bike had caught her.”
“Impossible in the falling snow to get a lock on my footpad.”
“There have been dancing games before, of course, but they were rudimentary hopscotch affairs where you had to step on the right footpad at the right time.”
“That was like a DDR footpad setup in the stage right?”
“Caption: Mosaic of Phoenix lander footpad and blocks of water ice dubbed “Snow Queen” cleared of topsoil by descent rockets as spacecraft touched down near the frigid Martian North Pole on May 25, 2008.”
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