footpad ‎(plural footpads)

  1. The soft underside of an animal's paw.
  2. (medicine) A medicated bandage for the treatment of corns and warts.
  3. (archaic) A thief on foot who robs travellers on the road.
    • 1874, Marcus Clarke, For the Term of His Natural Life Chapter V
      The fraudulent clerk and the flash "cracksman" interchanged experiences. The smuggler's stories of lucky ventures and successful runs were capped by the footpad's reminiscences of foggy nights and stolen watches.
    • 1912, The New York Times
      Col. Isaac Trumbo, who made a fortune in Utah and lost it in San Francisco, died here to-day of injuries received last Saturday night, when he was beaten by footpads.
    • 1954, (11 October 1954), “Advertising.”, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954)[1], NSW: National Library of Australia, retrieved 28 February 2013, page 5
      Coach Leather. The pliant but resolute stuff our grandfathers utilised to keep out wind, weather and footpads on the Great North Road or the Gundagai Track, according to whether you are Third or Fourth G.A.
  4. (Australia) (also "foot pad") An unmade, minor walking trail formed only by foot traffic.
    • 1933,(26 October 1933), “NEMARLUCK BADLY WOUNDED.”, Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954)[2], Perth, WA: National Library of Australia, retrieved 23 February 2013, page 31
      Nemarluck, if wounded in the way described by the aborigines at Talc Head, will keep to the beaten footpad leading from Delissaville to the Finnis River, and in his weakened state, will not camp any night far from a waterhole or without a fire.
    • 1950 (22 December 1950), “Bush Tracks For Motorists”, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956)[3], Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia, retrieved 23 February 2013, page 29 Supplement: The Argus Week-End Magazine
      The rough dray track that leads to the south-cast soon becomes a poorly defined footpad which follows the tortuous pattern of the main spur through to Mount Everard, and then away to east and south to the far corner of the forest
    • 2008, John Chapman & Monica Chapman, Overland Track ISBN 978 1 920995 05 8 p56
      Ignore the minor foot pad to the left — it is a scrubby track leading to a climbers' site known as Geryon Campsite.
    • 2010?, Mt Hotham Bushwalking and Trails
      This AAWT track varies from a four wheel drive track along the Barry Mountains to a foot pad across the snow grass plains of the high country from Hotham to Mt Bogong.
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