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.
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]
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.
n 1: a name given to a product or service [syn: trade name, brand
2: a recognizable kind; "there's a new brand of hero in the
movies now"; "what make of car is that?" [syn: make]
3: identification mark on skin, made by burning
4: a piece of wood that has been burned or is burning [syn: firebrand]
5: a symbol of disgrace or infamy; "And the Lord set a mark
upon Cain"--Genesis [syn: mark, stigma, stain]
6: a cutting or thrusting weapon with a long blade [syn: sword,
v 1: burn with a branding iron to indicate ownership; of animals
2: 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" [syn: stigmatize, stigmatise, denounce, mark]
3: mark or expose as infamous; "She was branded a loose woman"