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gad

GAD, n.

1. A wedge or ingot of steel.

2. A style or graver.

3. A punch of iron with a wooden handle, used by miners.

GAD, v.i.

1. To walk about; to rove or ramble idly or without any fixed purpose.

Give the water no passage, neither a wicked woman liberty to gad abroad.

2. To ramble in growth; as the gadding vine.



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GAD, n.

1. A wedge or ingot of steel.

2. A style or graver.

3. A punch of iron with a wooden handle, used by miners.

GAD, v.i.

1. To walk about; to rove or ramble idly or without any fixed purpose.

Give the water no passage, neither a wicked woman liberty to gad abroad.

2. To ramble in growth; as the gadding vine.

GAD, n. [Sax. gad, a goad and a wedge; Ir. gadh, a dart.]

  1. A wedge or ingot of steel. – Moxon.
  2. A style or graver. – Shak.
  3. A punch of iron with a wooden handle, used by miners. – Encyc.

GAD, v.i. [Ir. gad, a stealing, properly a roving, as rob is connected with rove; gadaim, to steal. It coincides with the Russ. chod, a going or passing; choju, to go, to pass, to march. See Class Gd, No. 17, Eth. and No. 38.]

  1. To walk about; to rove or ramble idly or without any fixed purpose. Give the water no passage, neither a wicked woman liberty to gad abroad. – Ecclus.
  2. To ramble in growth; as, the gadding vine. – Milton.

Gad
  1. The point of a spear, or an arrowhead.
  2. To walk about] to rove or go about, without purpose; hence, to run wild; to be uncontrolled.

    "The gadding vine." Milton.

    Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy way? Jer. ii. 36.

  3. A pointed or wedge-shaped instrument of metal, as a steel wedge used in mining, etc.

    I will go get a leaf of brass,
    And with a gad of steel will write these words.
    Shak.

  4. A sharp-pointed rod; a goad.
  5. A spike on a gauntlet; a gadling.

    Fairholt.
  6. A wedge-shaped billet of iron or steel.

    [Obs.]

    Flemish steel . . . some in bars and some in gads. Moxon.

  7. A rod or stick, as a fishing rod, a measuring rod, or a rod used to drive cattle with.

    [Prov. Eng. Local, U.S.] Halliwell. Bartlett.

    Upon the gad, upon the spur of the moment; hastily. [Obs.] "All this done upon the gad!" Shak.

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Gad

GAD, noun

1. A wedge or ingot of steel.

2. A style or graver.

3. A punch of iron with a wooden handle, used by miners.

GAD, verb intransitive

1. To walk about; to rove or ramble idly or without any fixed purpose.

Give the water no passage, neither a wicked woman liberty to gad abroad.

2. To ramble in growth; as the gadding vine.

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