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Jam vs. Pad — What's the Difference?

Jam vs. Pad — What's the Difference?

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Jam

To drive or wedge forcibly into a tight position
Jammed the cork in the bottle.

Pad

A thin, cushionlike mass of soft material used to fill, to give shape, or to protect against jarring, scraping, or other injury.

Jam

To activate or apply (a brake) suddenly. Often used with on
Jammed the brakes on.

Pad

(Sports) A piece of equipment consisting of shaped cushioning material often attached to a hard outer surface and worn to protect against blows, collisions, or shots.

Jam

To cause to become unworkable because a part is stuck
The wrinkled paper jammed the copying machine.
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Pad

A flexible saddle without a frame.

Jam

To cause (moving parts, for example) to lock into an unworkable position
Jammed the typewriter keys.

Pad

An ink-soaked cushion used to ink a rubber stamp.

Jam

To pack (items, for example) to excess; cram
Jammed my clothes into the suitcase.

Pad

A number of sheets of paper of the same size stacked one on top of the other and glued together at one end; a tablet.

Jam

To fill (a container or space) to overflowing
I jammed the suitcase with clothes. Fans jammed the hallway after the concert.

Pad

The broad floating leaf of an aquatic plant such as a water lily.

Jam

To block, congest, or clog
A drain that was jammed by debris.

Pad

The flattened fleshy stem of a cactus such as a prickly pear. Also called paddle1.

Jam

To crush or bruise
Jam a finger.

Pad

The fleshy underside of the end of a finger or toe.

Jam

(Electronics) To interfere with or prevent the clear reception of (broadcast signals) by electronic means.

Pad

The cushionlike flesh on the underside of the toes and feet of many animals.

Jam

(Baseball) To throw an inside pitch to (a batter), especially to prevent the batter from hitting the ball with the thicker part of the bat.

Pad

The foot of such an animal.

Jam

To become wedged or stuck
The coin jammed in the slot.

Pad

A launch pad.

Jam

To become locked or stuck in an unworkable position
The computer keyboard jammed.

Pad

A helipad.

Jam

To force one's way into or through a limited space
We all jammed into the elevator.

Pad

A keypad.

Jam

(Music) To participate in a jam session.

Pad

A touchpad.

Jam

(Basketball) To make a dunk shot.

Pad

(Slang) One's living quarters, especially an apartment.

Jam

The act of jamming or the condition of being jammed.

Pad

A muffled sound resembling that of soft footsteps.

Jam

A crush or congestion of people or things in a limited space
A traffic jam.

Pad

A horse with a plodding gait.

Jam

A trying situation.

Pad

To line or stuff with soft material.

Jam

See jam session.

Pad

To lengthen or increase, especially with extraneous or false information
Pad a lecture with jokes.
Pad an expense account.

Jam

A preserve made from whole fruit boiled to a pulp with sugar.

Pad

To go about on foot.

Jam

A sweet mixture of fruit boiled with sugar and allowed to congeal. Often spread on bread or toast or used in jam tarts.

Pad

To move or walk about almost inaudibly.

Jam

(countable) A difficult situation.

Pad

To go along (a route) on foot
Padding the long road into town.

Jam

(countable) A blockage, congestion, or immobilization.
A traffic jam caused us to miss the game's first period.
A jam of logs in a river

Pad

A flattened mass of anything soft, to sit or lie on.

Jam

An informal, impromptu performance or rehearsal.

Pad

A cushion used as a saddle without a tree or frame.

Jam

A song; a track.

Pad

A soft, or small, cushion.

Jam

An informal event where people brainstorm and collaborate on projects.
We came up with some new ideas at the game jam.

Pad

A cushion-like thickening of the skin on the under side of the toes of animals.

Jam

That which one particularly prefers, desires, enjoys, or cares about.
Teaching is my jam.

Pad

The mostly hairless flesh located on the bottom of an animal's foot or paw.

Jam

A difficult situation for a pitcher or defending team.
The pitcher's in a jam now, having walked the bases loaded with the cleanup hitter coming to bat.

Pad

Any cushion-like part of the human body, especially the ends of the fingers.

Jam

A forceful dunk.

Pad

A stuffed guard or protection, especially one worn on the legs of horses to prevent bruising.

Jam

A play during which points can be scored.
Toughie scored four points in that jam.

Pad

A soft bag or cushion to relieve pressure, support a part, etc.

Jam

Any of several maneuvers requiring wedging of an extremity into a tight space.
I used a whole series of fist and foot jams in that crack.

Pad

Ellipsis of menstrual pador sanitary pad: a mass of absorbent material used to absorb menstrual flow.

Jam

(AU) The tree Acacia acuminata, with fruity-smelling hard timber.

Pad

(US) A floating leaf of a water lily or similar plant.

Jam

Luck.
He's got more jam than Waitrose.

Pad

(cricket) A soft cover for a batsman's leg that protects it from damage when hit by the ball.

Jam

Balls, bollocks, courage, machismo
I don't think he has the jam.

Pad

A kind of cushion for writing upon, or for blotting, especially one formed of many flat sheets of writing paper; now especially such a block of paper sheets as used to write on.

Jam

(slang) Sexual relations or the contemplation of them.

Pad

A panel or strip of material designed to be sensitive to pressure or touch.

Jam

(dated) A kind of frock for children.

Pad

Ellipsis of keypad: a small keyboard, a keyed device for entering tactile inputs into a machine.

Jam

To get something stuck, often (though not necessarily) in a confined space.
My foot got jammed in a gap between the rocks.
Her poor little baby toe got jammed in the door.
I jammed the top knuckle of my ring finger.

Pad

A flat surface or area from which a helicopter or other aircraft may land or be launched.

Jam

To brusquely force something into a space; to cram, to squeeze.
They temporarily stopped the gas tank leak by jamming a piece of taffy into the hole.
The rush-hour train was jammed with commuters.

Pad

An electrical extension cord with a multi-port socket on one end: "trip cord"

Jam

To render something unable to move.

Pad

The effect produced by sustained lower reed notes in a musical piece, most common in blues music.

Jam

To cause congestion or blockage. Often used with "up".
A single accident can jam the roads for hours.

Pad

A synthesizer instrument sound used for sustained background sounds.

Jam

To block or confuse a radio or radar signal by transmitting a more-powerful signal on the same frequency.
The government jams foreign propaganda broadcasts.
The airstrike suffered minimal casualties because electronic-warfare aircraft were jamming the enemy air-defense radars.

Pad

A bed.

Jam

(baseball) To throw a pitch at or near the batter's hands.
Jones was jammed by the pitch.

Pad

(colloquial) A small house, apartment, or mobile home occupied by a single person; such as a bachelor, playboy, etc.

Jam

(basketball) To dunk.

Pad

A prison cell.

Jam

(music) To play music (especially improvisation as a group, or an informal unrehearsed session).

Pad

(cryptography) A random key (originally written on a disposable pad) of the same length as the plaintext.

Jam

To injure a finger or toe by sudden compression of the digit's tip.
When he tripped on the step he jammed his toe.

Pad

Ellipsis of mousepad: a firm but soft mass used for computer mice.

Jam

(roller derby) To attempt to score points.
Toughie jammed four times in the second period.

Pad

(electronics) The amount by which a signal has been reduced.

Jam

To bring (a vessel) so close to the wind that half her upper sails are laid aback.

Pad

(nautical) A piece of timber fixed on a beam to fit the curve of the deck.

Jam

To give up on a date or some other joint endeavour; to stand up, chicken out, jam out.

Pad

A toad.

Jam

A kind of frock for children.

Pad

A footpath, particularly one unformed or unmaintained; a road or track.

Jam

See Jamb.

Pad

An easy-paced horse; a padnag.

Jam

A mass of people or objects crowded together; also, the pressure from a crowd; a crush; as, a jam in a street; a jam of logs in a river.

Pad

A robber who infests the road on foot; a highwayman or footpad.

Jam

An injury caused by jamming.

Pad

A tramp or itinerant musician.

Jam

A difficult situation; as, he got himself into a jam.

Pad

A type of wickerwork basket, especially as used as a measure of fish or other goods.

Jam

A preserve of fruit boiled with sugar and water; also called jelly; as, raspberry jam; currant jam; grape jam.

Pad

The sound of soft footsteps, or a similar noise made by an animal etc.

Jam

To press into a close or tight position; to crowd; to squeeze; to wedge in; to cram; as, rock fans jammed the theater for the concert.
The ship . . . jammed in between two rocks.

Pad

(transitive) To stuff.

Jam

To crush or bruise; as, to jam a finger in the crack of a door.

Pad

(transitive) To furnish with a pad or padding.

Jam

To bring (a vessel) so close to the wind that half her upper sails are laid aback.

Pad

(transitive) To increase the size of, especially by adding undesirable filler.
The author began to pad her succinct stories with trite descriptions to keep up with current market trends.
Pad one's expenses

Jam

To block or obstruct by packing too much (people or objects) into; as, shoppers jammed the aisles during the fire sale.

Pad

(transitive) To imbue uniformly with a mordant.
To pad cloth

Jam

To interfere with (a radio signal) by sending other signals of the same or nearby frequency; as, the Soviets jammed Radio Free Europe broadcasts for years during the cold war.

Pad

To deliberately play the ball with the leg pad instead of the bat.

Jam

To cause to become nonfunctional by putting something in that blocks the movement of a part or parts; as, he jammed the drawer by putting in too many loose papers; he jammed the lock by trying to pick it.

Pad

(transitive) To travel along (a road, path etc.).

Jam

To become stuck so as not to function; as, the copier jammed again.

Pad

(intransitive) To travel on foot.

Jam

To play an instrument in a jam session.

Pad

(intransitive) To wear a path by walking.

Jam

To crowd together; - usually used with together or in; as, fifty people jammed into a conference room designed for twenty.

Pad

(intransitive) To walk softly, quietly or steadily, especially without shoes.

Jam

Preserve of crushed fruit

Pad

To practise highway robbery.

Jam

Informal terms for a difficult situation;
He got into a terrible fix
He made a muddle of his marriage

Pad

Indicating a soft flat sound, as of bare footsteps.
I heard her soft footsteps, pad, pad along the corridor.

Jam

A dense crowd of people

Pad

A footpath; a road.

Jam

Deliberate radiation or reflection of electromagnetic energy for the purpose of disrupting enemy use of electronic devices or systems

Pad

An easy-paced horse; a padnag.
An abbot on an ambling pad.

Jam

Press tightly together or cram;
The crowd packed the auditorium

Pad

A robber that infests the road on foot; a highwayman; - usually called a footpad.

Jam

Push down forcibly;
The driver jammed the brake pedal to the floor

Pad

The act of robbing on the highway.

Jam

Crush or bruise;
Jam a toe

Pad

A soft, or small, cushion; a mass of anything soft; stuffing.

Jam

Interfere with or prevent the reception of signals;
Jam the Voice of America
Block the signals emitted by this station

Pad

A kind of cushion for writing upon, or for blotting; esp., one formed of many flat sheets of writing paper, or layers of blotting paper; a block of paper.

Jam

Get stuck and immobilized;
The mechanism jammed

Pad

A cushion used as a saddle without a tree or frame.

Jam

Crowd or pack to capacity;
The theater was jampacked

Pad

A stuffed guard or protection; esp., one worn on the legs of horses to prevent bruising.

Jam

Block passage through;
Obstruct the path

Pad

A cushionlike thickening of the skin one the under side of the toes of animals.

Pad

A floating leaf of a water lily or similar plant.

Pad

A soft bag or cushion to relieve pressure, support a part, etc.

Pad

A piece of timber fixed on a beam to fit the curve of the deck.

Pad

A measure for fish; as, sixty mackerel go to a pad; a basket of soles.

Pad

A dwelling place, usually an apartment; one's living quarters; as, come over to my pad to watch the game.

Pad

A sum of money paid as a bribe to police officers, shared among them;

Pad

To travel upon foot; to tread.
Padding the streets for half a crown.

Pad

To travel heavily or slowly.

Pad

To rob on foot.

Pad

To wear a path by walking.

Pad

To stuff; to furnish with a pad or padding.

Pad

To imbue uniformly with a mordant; as, to pad cloth.

Pad

A number of sheets of paper fastened together along one edge

Pad

The large floating leaf of an aquatic plant (as the water lily)

Pad

A block of absorbent material saturated with ink; used to transfer ink evenly to a rubber stamp

Pad

A usually thin flat mass of padding

Pad

A platform from which rockets or space craft are launched

Pad

Temporary living quarters

Pad

The foot or fleshy cushion-like underside of the toes of an animal

Pad

Add details to

Pad

Walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud;
Mules plodded in a circle around a grindstone

Pad

Line or stuff with soft material;
Pad a bra

Pad

Add padding to;
Pad the seat of the chair

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