Gad. n.s. [ʒad, Saxon; gaddur, Islandick, a club.]
- A wedge or ingot of steel.
Flemish steel is brought down the Rhine to Dort, and other parts of Holland and Flanders, some in bars, and some in gads; and therefore called Flemish steel, and sometimes gad steel. Moxon's Mech. Exer.
- It seems to be used by Shakespeare for a stile or graver, [from ʒad, Saxon, a goad.]
I will go get a leaf of brass,
And with a gad of steel will write these words. Shakespeare.