from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An iron that is heated and used for indicating identity or ownership.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A piece of metal bent into a distinctive shape, heated and used to brand livestock.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • An iron to brand with.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as brand-iron, 3.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. implement used to brand live stock


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  • 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.

    Simon Bolivar the Liberator

  • 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.

    Sharpe's Devil

  • He would follow me, get the branding iron from the wool-shed, apply the proved method, and send me down-country with the crutchings.

    Died in the Wool


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