Definitions of gad

  1. To rove idly, or without any fixed purpose. Upon the gad, upon the spur of the moment.
  2. To go about without purpose.
  3. To rove about restlessly, like cattle stung by the gadfly:- pr. p. gadding; pa. p. gadded.
  4. To ramble from place to place.
  5. To roam abroad; ramble; stray.
  6. wander aimlessly in search of pleasure
  7. To ramble about without any fixed purpose, as cattle flying from the attack of the gadfly.
  8. Gadding.
  9. an anxiety disorder characterized by chronic free- floating anxiety and such symptoms as tension or sweating or trembling of light- headedness or irritability etc that has lasted for more than six months
  10. The point of a spear, or an arrowhead.
  11. A pointed or wedge- shaped instrument of metal, as a steel wedge used in mining, etc.
  12. A sharp- pointed rod; a goad.
  13. A spike on a gauntlet; a gadling.
  14. A wedge- shaped billet of iron or steel.
  15. A rod or stick, as a fishing rod, a measuring rod, or a rod used to drive cattle with.
  16. To walk about; to rove or go about, without purpose; hence, to run wild; to be uncontrolled.
  17. Gadder.
  18. A wedge of steel: a graver: a rod or stick: in old Scotch prisons a round bar of iron crossing the condemned cell horizontally at the height of about 6 inches from the floor, and strongly built into the wall at either end. The ankles of the prisoner sentenced to death were secured within shackles which were connected, by a chain about 4 feet long, with a large iron ring which travelled on the gad.
  19. A spike on the knuckle of a gauntlet; a goad; the point of a spear or arrow- head; a wedge or ingot of steel or iron; a punch of iron with a wooden handle, used by miners; a rod.
  20. In mining, a pointed wedge of a peculiar form, used to break up the ore under ground; a graver.
  21. Gadded.