In Music: A wash of sound used to create a harmonic background or atmosphere often with long sustains. Regularly created by synthesisers, but can also be used in the context of a collection of instruments that can create held notes.
"The introduction could do with a mellow pad to start the mood of the piece."
"The pads in that track are a bit cheesy..."
"...I love that section where the harmonium holds a pad"
"The string pad at the end gives me goosebumps every time"