brad
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse broddr spike; perhaps akin to Old English byrst bristle — more at bristle Date: 13th century 1. a thin nail of the same thickness throughout but tapering in width and having a slight projection at the top of one side instead of a head 2. a slender wire nail with a small barrel-shaped head II. transitive verb (bradded; bradding) Date: 1794 to fasten with brads

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