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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

Tack-nail each part using a pneumatic pin nailer or a hammer in a few brads. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Three Ways to Build Your Own Shelves," 24 Jan. 2019 Photo: brad rempel/Reuters Rogers says this can be applied to fantasy football. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Why You Should Ignore Your Friends’ Fantasy Football Advice," 20 Aug. 2018 Each battery charge will drive 1,220 brad nails on a single charge. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Today's Best Deals: A DeWalt Drill Set Going for Cheap," 17 Apr. 2018 Wood glue and a brad nailer hold the speaker together and speaker cloth fabric covers the front. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Build This Stylish DIY Bluetooth Speaker That Delivers Great Sound," 25 Apr. 2016 Fasten remaining vertical straps and handle-strap end to top horizontal strap with brads. Martha Stewart, star-telegram, "Tips for creating the perfect Thanksgiving table," 1 Nov. 2017

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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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The first known use of brad was in the 13th century

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Kids Definition of brad

: a thin nail with a small usually indented head

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