American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An iron that is heated and used for indicating identity or ownership.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as brand-iron, 3.
GNU Webster's 1913
- An iron to brand with.
- n. implement used to brand live stock
“Among other things Ribas found a branding iron in the shape of a P, with which Rosete had intended to mark the foreheads of the patriots and those of their children.”
“There on the flesh of the forearm was a circle with a triangle within it, deep and red, as the branding iron had left it.”
“Take them away," Bautista commanded as he tossed the branding iron into the fireplace, then turned and stared defiantly at Sharpe.”
“He would follow me, get the branding iron from the wool-shed, apply the proved method, and send me down-country with the crutchings.”
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