Chad meaning

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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.
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One of these scraps or bits of paper.
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A country of north-central Africa. Once part of French Equatorial Africa, it became independent in 1960. N'Djamena is the capital and the largest city.
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Any of the bits of paper that are separated from a punch card in the process of punching holes in it.
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(place) 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); cap. N'Djamena.
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(place) 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.
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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.Chads on the Floor!In the U.S. presidential election of 2000, people were up in arms over the extra chads on the floor where several Florida counties were recounting the vote. The punched holes (chads) are supposed to fall out of the cards when they are punched. The fact that some chads were still hanging but the additional handling caused them to fall away later was perfectly natural. Why nobody informed the officials that this was normal was as ridiculous as the antiquated voting equipment.
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(uncountable) Small pieces of paper punched out from the edges of continuous stationery, punched cards, paper tape etc.
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(countable) One of these pieces of paper.
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A male given name. Also a modern nickname for Charles, Chadwick and similar-sounding names.
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(UK) The British version of the "Kilroy was here" graffiti.
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A country in Central Africa. Official name: Republic of Chad.
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(person, proper) A masculine name.
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Origin of chad

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Old English Ceadda, of obscure meaning; name of a seventh century saint, revived in the 20th century.

    From Wiktionary

  • Believed to be from Kanuri tsade ("lake", after Lake Chad)

    From Wiktionary