from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive 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.
- transitive v. To break up (ore, for example) with a gad.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- interj. An exclamatory interjection roughly equivalent to 'by God', 'goodness gracious', 'for goodness' sake'.
- v. To move from one location to another in an apparently random and frivolous manner.
- n. A sharp-pointed object; a goad.
- n. A metal bar.
- n. A pointed metal tool for breaking or chiselling rock, especially in mining.
- n. An indeterminate measure of metal produced by a furnace, perhaps equivalent to the bloom, perhaps weighing around 100 pounds.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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. A wedge-shaped billet of iron or steel.
- n. A rod or stick, as a fishing rod, a measuring rod, or a rod used to drive cattle with.
- intransitive v. To walk about; to rove or go about, without purpose; hence, to run wild; to be uncontrolled.
from The 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.
- 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Middle English gadden, to hurry.
Middle English, from Old Norse gaddr.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Taboo deformation of God. (Wiktionary)
Middle English gadden ("to hurry, to rush about"). (Wiktionary)
From Old Norse gaddr ("goad, spike"). (Wiktionary)