Brand

Definition of Brand

n.1.A burning piece of wood; or a stick or piece of wood partly burnt, whether burning or after the fire is extinct.
Snatching a live brand from a wigwam, Mason threw it on a matted roof.
- Palfrey.
2.A sword, so called from its glittering or flashing brightness.
Paradise, so late their happy seat,
Waved over by that flaming brand.
- Milton.
3.A mark made by burning with a hot iron, as upon a cask, to designate the quality, manufacturer, etc., of the contents, or upon an animal, to designate ownership; - also, a mark for a similar purpose made in any other way, as with a stencil. Hence, figurately: Quality; kind; grade; as, a good brand of flour.
4.A mark put upon criminals with a hot iron. Hence: Any mark of infamy or vice; a stigma.
The brand of private vice.
- Channing.
5.An instrument to brand with; a branding iron.
6.(Bot.) Any minute fungus which produces a burnt appearance in plants. The brands are of many species and several genera of the order Pucciniæi.
v. t.1.To burn a distinctive mark into or upon with a hot iron, to indicate quality, ownership, etc., or to mark as infamous (as a convict).
[imp. & p. p. Branded; p. pr. & vb. n. Branding.]
2.To put an actual distinctive mark upon in any other way, as with a stencil, to show quality of contents, name of manufacture, etc.
3.Fig.: To fix a mark of infamy, or a stigma, upon.
The Inquisition branded its victims with infamy.
- Prescott.
There were the enormities, branded and condemned by the first and most natural verdict of common humanity.
- South.
4.To mark or impress indelibly, as with a hot iron.
As if it were branded on my mind.
- Geo. Eliot.

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