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gad


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gad  \Gad\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Gadded};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Gadding}.]  [Prob.  fr  gad,  n.,  and  orig.  meaning  to  drive 
  about.] 
  To  walk  about  to  rove  or  go  about  without  purpose;  hence 
  to  run  wild;  to  be  uncontrolled.  ``The  gadding  vine.'' 
  --Milton. 
 
  Why  gaddest  thou  about  so  much  to  change  thy  way? 
  --Jer.  ii  36. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gad  \Gad\,  n.  [OE.  gad,  Icel.  gaddr  goad,  sting;  akin  to  Sw 
  gadd  sting,  Goth.  gazds,  G.  gerte  switch.  See  {Yard}  a 
  measure.] 
  1.  The  point  of  a  spear,  or  an  arrowhead. 
 
  2.  A  pointed  or  wedge-shaped  instrument  of  metal,  as  a  steel 
  wedge  used  in  mining,  etc 
 
  I  will  go  get  a  leaf  of  brass,  And  with  a  gad  of 
  steel  will  write  these  words  --Shak. 
 
  3.  A  sharp-pointed  rod;  a  goad. 
 
  4.  A  spike  on  a  gauntlet;  a  gadling.  --Fairholt. 
 
  5.  A  wedge-shaped  billet  of  iron  or  steel.  [Obs.] 
 
  Flemish  steel  .  .  .  some  in  bars  and  some  in  gads. 
  --Moxon. 
 
  6.  A  rod  or  stick,  as  a  fishing  rod,  a  measuring  rod,  or  a 
  rod  used  to  drive  cattle  with  [Prov.  Eng.  Local,  U.S.] 
  --Halliwell.  Bartlett. 
 
  {Upon  the  gad},  upon  the  spur  of  the  moment;  hastily.  [Obs.] 
  ``All  this  done  upon  the  gad!''  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gad 
  n  :  a  sharp  device  fixed  to  a  rider's  heel  and  used  to  urge  the 
  horse  on  [syn:  {spur}] 
  v  :  wander  aimlessly  in  search  of  pleasure  [syn:  {gallivant},  {jazz 
  around}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Gad 
  fortune;  luck.  (1.)  Jacob's  seventh  son,  by  Zilpah,  Leah's 
  handmaid,  and  the  brother  of  Asher  (Gen.  30:11-13;  46:16,  18). 
  In  the  Authorized  Version  of  30:11  the  words  "A  troop  cometh: 
  and  she  called,"  etc.,  should  rather  be  rendered,  "In  fortune 
  [R.V.,  'Fortunate']:  and  she  called,"  etc.,  or  "Fortune  cometh," 
  etc 
 
  The  tribe  of  Gad  during  the  march  through  the  wilderness  had 
  their  place  with  Simeon  and  Reuben  on  the  south  side  of  the 
  tabernacle  (Num.  2:14).  The  tribes  of  Reuben  and  Gad  continued 
  all  through  their  history  to  follow  the  pastoral  pursuits  of  the 
  patriarchs  (Num.  32:1-5). 
 
  The  portion  allotted  to  the  tribe  of  Gad  was  on  the  east  of 
  Jordan,  and  comprehended  the  half  of  Gilead,  a  region  of  great 
  beauty  and  fertility  (Deut.  3:12),  bounded  on  the  east  by  the 
  Arabian  desert,  on  the  west  by  the  Jordan  (Josh.  13:27),  and  on 
  the  north  by  the  river  Jabbok.  It  thus  included  the  whole  of  the 
  Jordan  valley  as  far  north  as  to  the  Sea  of  Galilee,  where  it 
  narrowed  almost  to  a  point. 
 
  This  tribe  was  fierce  and  warlike;  they  were  "strong  men  of 
  might  men  of  war  for  the  battle,  that  could  handle  shield  and 
  buckler,  their  faces  the  faces  of  lions,  and  like  roes  upon  the 
  mountains  for  swiftness"  (1  Chr.  12:8;  5:19-22).  Barzillai  (2 
  Sam.  17:27)  and  Elijah  (1  Kings  17:1)  were  of  this  tribe.  It  was 
  carried  into  captivity  at  the  same  time  as  the  other  tribes  of 
  the  northern  kingdom  by  Tiglath-pileser  (1  Chr.  5:26),  and  in 
  the  time  of  Jeremiah  (49:1)  their  cities  were  inhabited  by  the 
  Ammonites. 
 
  (2.)  A  prophet  who  joined  David  in  the  "hold,"  and  at  whose 
  advice  he  quitted  it  for  the  forest  of  Hareth  (1  Chr.  29:29;  2 
  Chr.  29:25;  1  Sam.  22:5).  Many  years  after  we  find  mention  made 
  of  him  in  connection  with  the  punishment  inflicted  for  numbering 
  the  people  (2  Sam.  24:11-19;  1  Chr.  21:9-19).  He  wrote  a  book 
  called  the  "Acts  of  David"  (1  Chr.  29:29),  and  assisted  in  the 
  arrangements  for  the  musical  services  of  the  "house  of  God"  (2 
  Chr.  29:25).  He  bore  the  title  of  "the  king's  seer"  (2  Sam. 
  24:11,  13;  1  Chr.  21:9). 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Gad,  a  band;  a  troop 
 




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