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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Goad  \Goad\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Goaded};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Goading}.] 
  To  prick;  to  drive  with  a  goad;  hence  to  urge  forward,  or  to 
  rouse  by  anything  pungent,  severe,  irritating,  or  inflaming; 
  to  stimulate. 
 
  That  temptation  that  doth  goad  us  on  --Shak. 
 
  Syn:  To  urge;  stimulate;  excite;  arouse;  irritate;  incite; 
  instigate. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Goad  \Goad\,  n.  [AS.  g[=a]d;  perh.  akin  to  AS  g[=a]r  a  dart, 
  and  E.  gore.  See  {Gore},  v.  t.] 
  A  pointed  instrument  used  to  urge  on  a  beast;  hence  any 
  necessity  that  urges  or  stimulates. 
 
  The  daily  goad  urging  him  to  the  daily  toil. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  goad 
  n  1:  a  pointed  instrument  used  to  prod  into  motion  [syn:  {prod}] 
  2:  a  verbalization  that  encourages  you  to  attempt  something 
  [syn:  {goading},  {prod},  {prodding},  {urging},  {spur},  {spurring}] 
  v  1:  give  heart  or  courage  to  [syn:  {spur}] 
  2:  urge  with  or  as  if  with  a  goad 
  3:  prod  or  urge  as  if  with  a  log  stick  [syn:  {prick}] 
  4:  goad  or  provoke,as  by  constant  criticism;  "He  needled  her 
  with  his  sarcastic  remarks"  [syn:  {nettle},  {needle}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Goad 
  (Heb.  malmad,  only  in  Judg.  3:  31),  an  instrument  used  by 
  ploughmen  for  guiding  their  oxen.  Shamgar  slew  six  hundred 
  Philistines  with  an  ox-goad.  "The  goad  is  a  formidable  weapon. 
  It  is  sometimes  ten  feet  long,  and  has  a  sharp  point.  We  could 
  now  see  that  the  feat  of  Shamgar  was  not  so  very  wonderful  as 
  some  have  been  accustomed  to  think." 
 
  In  1  Sam.  13:21,  a  different  Hebrew  word  is  used  _dorban_, 
  meaning  something  pointed.  The  expression  (Acts  9:5,  omitted  in 
  the  R.V.),  "It  is  hard  for  thee  to  kick  against  the  pricks", 
  i.e.,  against  the  goad,  was  proverbial  for  unavailing  resistance 
  to  superior  power. 
 




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