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From Sanskrit.


पद (padm (Urdu spelling پد)

  1. foot
  2. footstep
  3. footprint
  4. mark
  5. sign
  6. home, abode
  7. degree, rank
  8. office
  9. verse, line
  10. head, title



पद (pad)

  1. rank
  2. post, position



From Proto-Indo-European *pedóm (step, footprint), originally meaning 'trace, bottom', derived from *pṓds (foot). Cognates include Ancient Greek πέδον (pédon, floor, ground), Hittite 𒁉𒂊𒁕𒀭 (pēdan, floor, ground; place), Old Norse fet (step) and Old Armenian հետ (het, footprint, track).


पद (padán (rarely m)

  1. step, pace, stride
  2. footstep, trace, vestige, mark; the foot itself
    पदेन (padena)on foot
    पदे पदे (pade pade)at every step, everywhere, on every occasion
    त्रीणि पदानि विष्णो (trīṇi padāni viṣṇoḥ)the three steps or footprints of Viṣṇu (i.e. the earth, the air, and the sky)
    padaṃ-√dā, padāt padaṃ-√gam or √cal — to make a step move on
    padaṃ-√kṛ, with locative — to set foot in or on, to enter
    with मूर्ध्नि (mūrdhni)to set the foot upon the head of (genitive) i.e. overcome
    with चित्ते (citte) or हृदये (hṛdaye)to take possession of any one's heart or mind
    with locative or प्रति (prati)to have dealings with
    padaṃ ni-√dhā with locative — to set foot in = to make impression upon
    with पदव्याम् (padavyām)to set the foot on a person's (genitive or in the beginning of a compound) track, to emulate or equal
    padam ni-√bandh with locative — to enter or engage in
    इमं विधन्तो अपां सधस्थे पशुं न नष्टं पदैरनु गमन |
    गुहा चतन्तमुशिजो नमोभिरिछन्तो धीराभ्र्गवो.अविन्दन ||
    imaṃ vidhanto apāṃ sadhasthe paśuṃ na naṣṭaṃ padairanu ghman |
    ghuhā catantamuśijo namobhirichanto dhīrābhṛghavo.avindan ||
    Worshipping, seeking him with adoration like some lost creature followed by its footprints,
    Wise Bhrgus, yearning in their hearts, pursued him, and found him lurking where the floods are gathered.
    अभिव्लग्या चिदद्रिवः शीर्षा यातुमतीनाम |
    छिन्धि वटूरिणा पदा महावटूरिणा पदा ||
    imaṃ vidhanto apāṃ sadhasthe paśuṃ na naṣṭaṃ padairanu ghman |
    chindhi vaṭūriṇā padā mahāvaṭūriṇā padā ||
    O thou who castest forth the stones crushing the sorceresses' heads,
    Break them with thy wide-spreading foot, with thy wide-spreading mighty foot.
  3. sign, token, characteristic
  4. footing, standpoint
  5. position, rank, station, site, abode, home, place
    padam ā-√tan — to spread or extend one's position
    padāt padam bhrāmayitvā — having caused to wander from place to place
    तद विष्णोः परमं पदं सदा पश्यन्ति सूरयः |
    दिवीव चक्षुराततम ||
    tad viṣṇoḥ paramaṃ padaṃ sadā paśyanti sūrayaḥ |
    divīva cakṣurātatam ||
    The princes evermore behold that loftiest place where Viṣṇu is,
    Laid as it were an eye in heaven.
    धीरासः पदं कवयो नयन्ति नाना हर्दा रक्षमाणा अजुर्यम |
    सिषासन्तः पर्यपश्यन्त सिन्धुमाविरेभ्यो अभवत्सूर्यो नॄ ||
    dhīrāsaḥ padaṃ kavayo nayanti nānā hṛdā rakṣamāṇā ajuryam |
    siṣāsantaḥ paryapaśyanta sindhumāvirebhyo abhavatsūryo nṝn ||
    The prudent sages lead him to his dwelling, guarding with varied skill the Ever-Youthful.
    Longing, they turned their eyes unto the River: to these the Sun of men was manifested.
    ते सूनवः सवपसः सुदंससो मही जज्ञुर्मातरा पूर्वचित्तय |
    सथातुश्च सत्यं जगतश्च धर्मणि पुत्रस्य पाथः पदमद्वयाविनः ||
    te sūnavaḥ svapasaḥ sudaṃsaso mahī jajñurmātarā pūrvacittaye |
    sthātuśca satyaṃ jaghataśca dharmaṇi putrasya pāthaḥ padamadvayāvinaḥ ||
    These Sons of yours well skilled in work, of wondrous power, brought forth to life the two great Mothers first of all.
    To keep the truth of all that stands and all that moves, ye guard the station of your Son who knows no guile.
  6. business affair, matter, object or cause of (genitive or compound)
  7. pretext
  8. part, portion, division
  9. (chess) square on a chessboard
  10. plot of ground
  11. the foot as a measure of length (= 12 or 15 fingers' breadth, or 1/2 or 1/3 or 3/7 of a प्रक्रम (prakrama))
  12. ray of light
  13. (poetry) a portion of a verse, quarter or line of a stanza
  14. a word or an inflected word or the stem of a noun in the middle cases and before some तद्धित (taddhita)s
  15. = पदपाठ (pada-pāṭha)
  16. common name of the parasmaipada and ātmanepada
  17. any one in a set of numbers the sum of which is required
  18. a period in an arithmetical progression
  19. square root
  20. quadrant
  21. protection


Neuter a-stem declension of पद
Nom. sg. पदम् (padam)
Gen. sg. पदस्य (padasya)
Singular Dual Plural
Nominative पदम् (padam) पदे (pade) पदानि (padāni)
Vocative पद (pada) पदे (pade) पदानि (padāni)
Accusative पदम् (padam) पदे (pade) पदानि (padāni)
Instrumental पदेन (padena) पदाभ्याम् (padābhyām) पदैः (padaiḥ)
Dative पदाय (padāya) पदाभ्याम् (padābhyām) पदेभ्यः (padebhyaḥ)
Ablative पदात् (padāt) पदाभ्याम् (padābhyām) पदेभ्यः (padebhyaḥ)
Genitive पदस्य (padasya) पदयोः (padayoḥ) पदानाम् (padānām)
Locative पदे (pade) पदयोः (padayoḥ) पदेषु (padeṣu)

Masculine a-stem declension of पद
Nom. sg. पदः (padaḥ)
Gen. sg. पदस्य (padasya)
Singular Dual Plural
Nominative पदः (padaḥ) पदौ (padau) पदाः (padāḥ)
Vocative पद (pada) पदौ (padau) पदाः (padāḥ)
Accusative पदम् (padam) पदौ (padau) पदान् (padān)
Instrumental पदेन (padena) पदाभ्याम् (padābhyām) पदैः (padaiḥ)
Dative पदाय (padāya) पदाभ्याम् (padābhyām) पदेभ्यः (padebhyaḥ)
Ablative पदात् (padāt) पदाभ्याम् (padābhyām) पदेभ्यः (padebhyaḥ)
Genitive पदस्य (padasya) पदयोः (padayoḥ) पदानाम् (padānām)
Locative पदे (pade) पदयोः (padayoḥ) पदेषु (padeṣu)



  • Sir Monier Monier-Williams (1898) A Sanskrit-English dictionary etymologically and philologically arranged with special reference to cognate Indo-European languages, Oxford: Clarendon Press, page 0583
  • Alexander Lubotsky, A Rgvedic Word Concordance, American Oriental Society, 1997, lemma padá