a slender wire nail having either a small, deep head or a projection to one side of the head end. See illus. under nail.
verb (used with object), bradded, bradding.
to fasten with brads.

1425–75; late Middle English brad, dialectal variant of Middle English brod(d) sprout, shoot, nail < Old Norse braddr, cognate with Old English brord spike (see braird) Unabridged
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brad (bræd)
a small tapered nail having a small head that is either symmetrical or formed on one side only
[Old English brord point, prick; related to Old Norse broddr spike, sting, Old High German brort edge]

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"small wire nail," late 13c., brod, from O.N. broddr "spike, point, arrow," from P.Gmc. *brozda- (cf. O.E. brord "point, prick, blade of grass," O.H.G. brort "point, edge, crown"), from PIE *bhrs-dh-, from base *bhars- "projectile, point, bristle."
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