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Princeton's WordNet

  1. generalized anxiety disorder, GAD, anxiety reaction(noun)

    an anxiety disorder characterized by chronic free-floating anxiety and such symptoms as tension or sweating or trembling or lightheadedness or irritability etc that has lasted for more than six months

  2. spur, gad(verb)

    a sharp prod fixed to a rider's heel and used to urge a horse onward

    "cowboys know not to squat with their spurs on"

  3. gallivant, gad, jazz around(verb)

    wander aimlessly in search of pleasure


  1. Gad(ProperNoun)

    Seventh son of Jacob, by his wife's handmaid Zilpah.

  2. Gad(ProperNoun)

    One of the Israelite tribes, descended from Gad.

  3. Origin: Taboo deformation of God.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gad(noun)

    the point of a spear, or an arrowhead

  2. Gad(noun)

    a pointed or wedge-shaped instrument of metal, as a steel wedge used in mining, etc

  3. Gad(noun)

    a sharp-pointed rod; a goad

  4. Gad(noun)

    a spike on a gauntlet; a gadling

  5. Gad(noun)

    a wedge-shaped billet of iron or steel

  6. Gad(noun)

    a rod or stick, as a fishing rod, a measuring rod, or a rod used to drive cattle with

  7. Gad(noun)

    to walk about; to rove or go about, without purpose; hence, to run wild; to be uncontrolled

  8. Origin: [Prob. fr. gad, n., and orig. meaning to drive about.]


  1. Gad

    Gad was, according to the Book of Genesis, the first son of Jacob and Zilpah, the seventh of Jacob overall, and the founder of the Israelite Tribe of Gad; however some Biblical scholars view this as postdiction, an eponymous metaphor providing an aetiology of the connectedness of the tribe to others in the Israelite confederation. The text of the Torah argues that the name of Gad means luck/fortunate, in Hebrew, deriving from a root meaning cut/divide, in the sense of divided out; classical rabbinical literature argues that the name was a prophetic reference to the manna; some Biblical scholars suspect that refers to a deity originally worshipped by the tribe, namely Gad, the semitic deity of fortune, who, according to the Book of Isaiah, was still worshipped by certain Hebrews during the 6th century BC. The Biblical account shows Zilpah's status as a handmaid change to an actual wife of Jacob Genesis 30:9,11. Her handmaid status is regarded by some biblical scholars as indicating that the authors saw the tribe of Gad as being not of entirely Israelite origin; many scholars believe that Gad was a late addition to the Israelite confederation, as implied by the Moabite Stone, which seemingly differentiates between the Israelites and the tribe of Gad. Gad by this theory is assumed to have originally been a northwards-migrating nomadic tribe, at a time when the other tribes were quite settled in Canaan.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gad

    gad, n. a pointed bar of steel: a tool used in mining: a graver: a rod or stick, a goad: the bar across a Scotch condemned cell, on which the iron ring ran which fastened the shackles—also Gade, Gaid.—n. Gad′ling, one of the spikes on the knuckles of a gauntlet.—Upon the gad (Shak.), upon the spur of the moment. [Ice. gadd-r, a spike.]

  2. Gad

    gad, interj. a minced form of God.—interjs. Gad′so, an exclamation of surprise; Gad′zooks, an obsolete minced oath.

  3. Gad

    gad, v.i. to rove about restlessly: to wander or ramble in speech, &c., to straggle in growth:—pr.p. gad′ding; pa.p. gad′ded.ns. Gad, Gad′about, one who walks idly about; Gad′der.—adv. Gad′dinglyn. Gad′dishness. [Prob. conn. with gad in gadfly; or obsolete gadling, vagabond.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Gad

    one of the Jewish tribes inhabiting the E. of the Jordan.

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  1. DAG, dag, GDA


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of GAD in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of GAD in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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