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brad

noun \ ˈbrad \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of brad

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

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Origin and Etymology of brad

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

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brad

verb

Definition of brad

bradded; bradding
transitive verb
:to fasten with brads

First Known Use of brad

1734

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BRAD Defined for Kids

brad

noun \ ˈbrad \

Definition of brad for Students

:a thin nail with a small usually indented head


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