rad

noun
\ ˈrad How to pronounce rad (audio) \

Definition of rad

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a unit of absorbed dose of ionizing radiation equal to an energy of 100 ergs per gram of irradiated material

rad

adjective

Definition of rad (Entry 2 of 3)

Definition of rad (Entry 3 of 3)

1 radian
2 radius
3 radix

Examples of rad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Punk fury plus puppet fuzzy makes for a totally rad music-video. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "This Muscle Shoals band’s puppet-starring music-video is awesome," 9 Apr. 2021 Robyn provides her stunning and distinctive voice to a really rad single that's showing how the disc renaissance is growing with Channel Tres bringing the song into a cool R&B and house avenue. Star Tribune, "6 cool things in music this week include Robyn, Amanda Shires, Rhiannon Giddens and Neal Karlen's Prince book," 2 Oct. 2020 If the foursome can tap deeper into their superhero personas to will the Tokyo Olympics into existence next summer, that truly would be rad. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, "Jagger Eaton takes turn as Captain America while waiting on Olympic qualifying to resume," 23 Sep. 2020 There aren't nearly enough coming-of-age movies like this out there for teenage girls to begin with, and the fact that this one gets to live on as a series is pretty rad. Leah Marilla Thomas, refinery29.com, "Where To Watch Skate Kitchen If HBO’s Betty Is Your Newest Obsession," 1 May 2020 Also rad: the Lyrid shower is one of the oldest known meteor showers, having been observed for over 2,700 years, according to NASA. Elizabeth Depompei, The Courier-Journal, "Want to see fireballs in Louisville tonight? A clear sky and the Lyrid shower will help," 21 Apr. 2020 Also rad: the Lyrid shower is one of the oldest known meteor showers, having been observed for over 2,700 years, according to NASA. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "Tuesday night will be an 'ideal' time to see fireballs in the Indiana sky. Here's when.," 21 Apr. 2020 The updated Origin EON15-X is about to disappoint all the enthusiasts who thought their 8-core laptop was pretty rad. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "The Origin 12-core Ryzen 9 EON15-X wins for Monster Ryzen Laptop of the week," 8 Apr. 2020 Photographed by Seleen Saleh Shop This Orly Haute Red £6.15 OPI Big Apple Red £8.78 This geometric tip is another rad play on the design, but made even more chic in a classic shade of red. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "The L.A. Nail Trend Sweeping Paris Fashion Week," 3 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of rad

Noun

circa 1953, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rad

Noun

radiation absorbed dose

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“Rad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rad. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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rad

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of rad

US slang : very appealing or good

rad

noun
\ ˈrad How to pronounce rad (audio) \

Medical Definition of rad

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a unit of absorbed dose of ionizing radiation equal to an energy of 100 ergs per gram of irradiated material

Medical Definition of rad (Entry 2 of 2)

root used in writing prescriptions

History and Etymology for rad

Abbreviation

Latin radix

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