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[n] a cutting or thrusting weapon with a long blade
[n] a recognizable kind; "there's a new brand of hero in the movies now"; "what make of car is that?"
[n] a symbol of disgrace or infamy; "And the Lord set a mark upon Cain"--Genesis
[n] identification mark on skin, made by burning
[n] a name given to a product or service
[n] a piece of wood that has been burned or is burning
[v] mark or expose as infamous; "She was branded a loose woman"
[v] to accuse or condemn or openly or formally or brand as disgraceful; "He denounced the government action"; "She was stigmatized by society because she had a child out of wedlock"
[v] burn with a branding iron to indicate ownership; of animals

Misc. Definitions

\Brand\, n. [OE. brand, brond, AS. brand brond brand, sword, from byrnan, beornan, to burn; akin to D., Dan., Sw., & G. brand brand, Icel. brandr a brand, blade of a sword. [root]3
2. See {Burn}, v. t., and cf. {Brandish}.]
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. [Poetic] --Tennyson. 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 {Puccini[ae]i}.
\Brand\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Branded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Branding}.].
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).
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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