Origin of chad; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- country in NC Africa, south of Libya: formerly a French territory, it became independent in 1960: 495,755 sq mi (1,284,000 sq km); pop. 6,288,000; cap. N'Djamena
- lake mostly in Chad, at the juncture of the Chad, Niger, Cameroon, and Nigeria borders: 4,000-10,000 sq mi (10,360-25,900 sq km), reflecting seasonal fluctuation
- Scraps or bits of paper, such as the perforated edges of paper for tractor feed printers or the tiny rectangles punched out from data cards.
- One of these scraps or bits of paper.
Origin of chadOrigin unknown.
(countable and uncountable, plural chad or chads)
Uncertain; predates the Chadless punch (see the Snopes article on this supposed origin); possibly from the English slang term chat, "louse". The etymology Scots chad, "river gravel" previously given in some dictionaries is now thought to be nothing more than guesswork.
Old English Ceadda, of obscure meaning; name of a seventh century saint, revived in the 20th century.
- A country in Central Africa. Official name: Republic of Chad.
chad - Computer Definition
A piece of paper that is punched out on a punch card, paper tape or on the borders of continuous forms. A chadded form is when the holes are cut completely through, which is typical of punch cards. In a chadless form or in chadless paper tape, the chads are still attached to one edge of the hole.