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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 goad /ˈgod/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Goad n.  A pointed instrument used to urge on a beast; hence, any necessity that urges or stimulates.
    The daily goad urging him to the daily toil.   --Macaulay.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Goad, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Goaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Goading.] To prick; to drive with a goad; hence, to urge forward, or to rouse by anything pungent, severe, irritating, or inflaming; to stimulate.
    That temptation that doth goad us on.   --Shak.
 Syn: -- To urge; stimulate; excite; arouse; irritate; incite; instigate.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a pointed instrument used to prod into motion [syn: prod]
      2: a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something;
         "the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves" [syn: goading,
          prod, prodding, urging, spur, spurring]
      v 1: give heart or courage to [syn: spur]
      2: urge with or as if with a goad
      3: prod or urge as if with a log stick [syn: prick]
      4: goad or provoke,as by constant criticism; "He needled her
         with his sarcastic remarks" [syn: needle]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    (Heb. malmad, only in Judg. 3: 31), an instrument used by
    ploughmen for guiding their oxen. Shamgar slew six hundred
    Philistines with an ox-goad. "The goad is a formidable weapon.
    It is sometimes ten feet long, and has a sharp point. We could
    now see that the feat of Shamgar was not so very wonderful as
    some have been accustomed to think."
      In 1 Sam. 13:21, a different Hebrew word is used, _dorban_,
    meaning something pointed. The expression (Acts 9:5, omitted in
    the R.V.), "It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks",
    i.e., against the goad, was proverbial for unavailing resistance
    to superior power.