- (intransitive, informal) To spend the night somewhere.
- 2001, Jean Torkelson, Colorado's Sanctuaries, Retreats, and Sacred Places, →ISBN:
- Since you stay in the main lodge, it's easy to pad down at all hours to a cozy stay before the fireplace, or farther down the hall to the small Gothic-style chapel.
- (transitive) To frisk, pat down
- 2010, Christopher O'Bryant, 320 Down, →ISBN, page 238:
- His hands padded down the bag almost violently, searching for some trace of what the tarp must certainly be hiding, but found all he had was the tarp.
- (transitive, electronics) To reduce a signal.
- 1962, CQ: The Radio Amateurs' Journal - Volume 18, Issue 2, page 61:
- Amateur radio W40AB has come up with a slick gadget to pad down the gain of high output converters.
- 1996, Peter McIan, Using Your Portable Studio, →ISBN, page 154:
- If the bass has active electronics, you may have to pad down (reduce) the signal to avoid distortion.
- 2010, Larry Crane, Tape Op: The Book about Creative Music Recording, →ISBN:
- You can build these inline into those Switchcraft XLR barrel plugs if you need to pad down signals.