Translations: Etymology: Old Testament (Hebr.) (gad) "luck", a son of Jacob.
- (biblical) Seventh son of Jacob, by his wife's handmaid Zilpah.
- (biblical) One of the Israelite tribes, descended from Gad.
- (given name, male, from Hebrew, )
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- A sharp-pointed object; a goad.
- December 17, 1885 Twain finds his voice after a short search for it and when he impels it forward it is a good, strong, steady voice in harness until the driver becomes absent-minded, when it stops to rest, and then the must be used to drive it on again. " http://etext.virginia.edu/railton/huckfinn/hfdtroit.html Detroit Free Press.
- A pointed metal tool for breaking or chiselling rock, especially in mining.
verb (gadd, ing)
- 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 327:
- :Frank was able to keep his eyes open long enough to check his bed with a miner's and douse the electric lamp
- (obsolete) A wedge-shaped billet of iron or steel.
- An old English indeterminate measure of metal produced by a furnace, perhaps equivalent to the bloom, perhaps weighing around 100 pounds.
- 1957 Twice a day a <b>'gad'</b> of iron, i.e., a bloom weighing 1 cwt. was produced, which took from six to seven hours. — H.R. Schubert, History of the British Iron and Steel Industry, p. 146.
- To move from one location to another in an apparently random manner; often as phrasal verb gad about.
- 1852' "This, I suppose, is the virgin who abideth still in the house with you. She is not given, I hope, to gadding overmuch, nor to vain and foolish decorations of her person with ear-rings and finger-rings, and crisping-pins: for such are unprofitable, yea, abominable. " Alice Cary, http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=148726342&tag=EAF489v2&query=gad&id=eaf489v2 Clovernook ....
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