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Gad (noun)

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Gad. n.s. [ʒad, Saxon; gaddur, Islandick, a club.]

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

Sources: Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 3 (39) · Moxon, Joseph (21)

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