\ˈchad \

Definition of chad 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: small pieces of paper or cardboard produced in punching paper tape or data cards also : a piece of chad


geographical name
\ˈchad \
variants: or French Tchad

Definition of Chad (Entry 2 of 2)

landlocked country in north central Africa; capital N'Djamena; a republic; until 1959 a territory of French Equatorial Africa area 495,752 square miles (1,288,955 square kilometers), population 9,253,000

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Other Words from chad


chadless \ -​ləs \ adjective

Geographical name

Chadian \ ˈcha-​dē-​ən \ adjective or noun

Examples of chad in a Sentence

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There was the 2000 cliffhanger with its manual recounts, dimpled chads and butterfly ballots, and seven-hour waits in 2012 that shamed a Republican Legislature into expanding early voting days and locations. Steve Bousquet, miamiherald, "Florida's election experts still worried about keeping hackers out | Miami Herald," 27 May 2018 The momentum was lost amid the confusion about hanging chads and eventually the presidency of George W. Bush. Barbara Demick,, "Whatever comes next, North Korea's Kim Jong Un can claim a win against Trump," 10 Mar. 2018 The bill would drive a stake through the heart of paperless voting America's approach to elections has changed dramatically since 2000, when butterfly ballots and hanging chads threw a presidential election into chaos. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "New bill could finally get rid of paperless voting machines," 2 Jan. 2018 But hanging chad, butterfly ballots, electronic voting glitches and the 2000 presidential election have changed voter perceptions dramatically. Kim Zetter, WIRED, "San Diego Paper Sees Voter Confidence in Elections Where Others See Vote of No Confidence," 23 Aug. 2007

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First Known Use of chad


1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chad


origin unknown

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