American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To move about restlessly and with little purpose. See Synonyms at wander.
- n. A pointed tool, such as a spike or chisel, used for breaking rock or ore.
- n. A goad, as for prodding cattle.
- v. To break up (ore, for example) with a gad.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A point or pointed instrument, as a pointed bar of steel, a spear, or an arrowhead.
- n. A sharp point affixed to a part of the armor, as the gauntlet, which could thus be used to deal a formidable blow.
- n. A thick pointed nail; a gad-nail; specifically, in mining, a pointed tool used for loosening and breaking up rock or coal which has been shaken or thrown down by a blast, or which is loose and jointy enough to be got without the use of powder. It is intermediate between a drill and a wedge, but is properly called a gad only when ending in a point, and not in an edge, as a wedge. Old drills are often made into gads, which may be of any length; but from six inches to a foot is common.
- n. A wedge or ingot of steel or iron.
- n. A stick, or rod of wood, sharpened to a point, or provided with a metal point, used to drive cattle with; a goad; hence, a slender stick or rod of any kind, especially one used for whipping.
- n. A gadfly.
- n. In old Scotch prisons, a round bar of iron crossing the condemned cell horizontally at the height of about six inches from the floor, and strongly built into the wall at both ends. The ankles of a prisoner sentenced to death were secured within shackles which were connected, by a chain about four feet long, with a large iron ring which traveled on the gad. Watch-dogs are now sometimes fastened in a similar way.
- To fasten with a gad-nail.
- In mining, to break up or loosen with the gad; use the gad upon.
- To flit about restlessly; move about uneasily or with excitement.
- To ramble about idly, from trivial curiosity or for gossip.
- Hence To ramble or rove; wander, as in thought or speech; straggle, as in growth.
- n. The act of gadding or rambling about: used in the phrase on or upon the gad.
- n. The name of God, minced as an oath. Compare egad.
- n. A measuring-rod for land; a measure of length varying, in different districts, from nine or ten to as many as twenty feet.
- n. A division of an uninclosed pasture, said to have been usually 6½ feet wide in Lincolnshire.
- n. A cord or rope made from the fibers of the osier.
- interj. An exclamatory interjection roughly equivalent to 'by God', 'goodness gracious', 'for goodness' sake'.
- v. intransitive To move from one location to another in an apparently random and frivolous manner.
- n. A sharp-pointed object; a goad.
- n. obsolete A metal bar.
- n. A pointed metal tool for breaking or chiselling rock, especially in mining.
- n. dated, metallurgy An indeterminate measure of metal produced by a furnace, perhaps equivalent to the bloom, perhaps weighing around 100 pounds.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The point of a spear, or an arrowhead.
- n. A pointed or wedge-shaped instrument of metal, as a steel wedge used in mining, etc.
- n. A sharp-pointed rod; a goad.
- n. A spike on a gauntlet; a gadling.
- n. obsolete A wedge-shaped billet of iron or steel.
- n. Prov. Eng. Local, U.S. A rod or stick, as a fishing rod, a measuring rod, or a rod used to drive cattle with.
- v. To walk about; to rove or go about, without purpose; hence, to run wild; to be uncontrolled.
- v. wander aimlessly in search of pleasure
- n. an anxiety disorder characterized by chronic free-floating anxiety and such symptoms as tension or sweating or trembling or lightheadedness or irritability etc that has lasted for more than six months
- n. a sharp prod fixed to a rider's heel and used to urge a horse onward
- From Old Norse gaddr ("goad, spike"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English gadden, to hurry.Middle English, from Old Norse gaddr. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“_gad_ [Footnote: A gad is a tool used in mines; it resembles a smith's punch.] were put into my hands; and I thought myself a great man.”
“There are several species known under various names, such as gad-fly, breeze-fly, etc.”
“The tendency to graze cattle, which is not hard work, and to "gad" about to cattle fairs, which are esteemed the greatest diversion the country affords, is an indication of the distinct superiority of the quick-witted Celt to the dull Saxon hind.”
“His father saw him coming, met him with a "gad" and lashed him furiously.”
“The latter paid absolutely no attention to him when he said "Get-ap," or when he applied the "gad"; she neither obeyed the command nor resented the chastisement.”
“Bill Rubley was putting the "gad" to the horses when a man on horseback rode up from the opposite end of the bridge.”
“Good morning," said this lordly gentleman, bringing his horse to a standstill and raising his "gad" to the brim of his hat in a graceful salute.”
“This converts a vulgar, prosy "gad" into a delicate instrument, to be wielded with pride and skill, and never literally to be applied to the backs of the animals, but to be launched to right and left into the air with a professional flourish, and a sharp, ringing report.”
“The slow, patient, hulky oxen, how they would kink their tails, hump their backs, and throw their weight into the bows when they felt a heavy rock behind them and Father lifted up his voice and laid on the "gad"!”
“He never spoke angrily or shouted, and his first act on entering the schoolroom was to break up the long tough hickory "gad" lying on his desk and to fling it out of the window.”
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