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Definition of brad

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a thin nail of the same thickness throughout but tapering in width and having a slight projection at the top of one side instead of a head
2 : a slender wire nail with a small barrel-shaped head


bradded; bradding

Definition of brad (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to fasten with brads

Examples of brad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Create a symmetrical painting, draw mirror images with a sibling or parent or use brads to make something that moves like the arms of the Hammering Men. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Children can get inspired by NorthPark Center’s art collection with these activities," 23 Apr. 2020 So unless your hall stand has been jostled and tipped a lot, which would probably happen during moves, the brads holding the backing in place aren’t likely to be under much pressure. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "Warped wood around hall rack mirror may not be a problem," 11 Nov. 2019 The duo will no doubt get a boost from their reps, CAA, Untitled Entertainment's Jason Weinberg and chief global brad officer Jordan Dinenberg of W2E. Wilson is additionally repped by sports agent and attorney Mark Rodgers. Chris Gardner, Billboard, "Ciara and Russell Wilson Launch Joint Production Company for Film, TV and Digital Content," 30 Apr. 2019 Install a 3⁄4-inch brad-point bit in the drill press and mark a reference line on its fence to match the center of the bit. Richard Romanski, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build the Ultimate DIY Workbench," 18 Jan. 2020 Thread a brad through the hole in the larger gear and then through the hole in the cardboard. Scientific American, "Gear Up Your Candy," 21 Nov. 2019 The fastest cordless brad nailer out there is also sleek and lightweight. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Cordless Nail Guns," 30 Oct. 2019 Attach the smaller gear to the cardboard with a brad. Scientific American, "Gear Up Your Candy," 21 Nov. 2019 The half circles are warped, and some brads have fallen out. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "Warped wood around hall rack mirror may not be a problem," 11 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of brad


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1734, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brad


Middle English, from Old Norse broddr spike; perhaps akin to Old English byrst bristle — more at bristle

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“Brad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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Kids Definition of brad

: a thin nail with a small usually indented head

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