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English

Etymology

Uncertain; predates the Chadless punch (see the Snopes article on this supposed origin); possibly from Scots chad, "river gravel", or the English slang term chat, "louse".

Pronunciation

Noun

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chad (countable and uncountable; plural chad)[1]

  1. (uncountable) Small pieces of paper punched out from the edges of continuous stationery, punched cards, paper tape etc.
    This card puncher creates a lot of chad.
  2. (countable) One of these pieces of paper.

Quotations

uncountable
  • 2000, Barbara and David P. Mikkelson, Urban Legends Reference Pages, http://www.snopes.com/business/names/chad.asp
    The keypunch wasn't named after a Mr. Chadless; it was so named because, as expected, it punched tape while producing little or no chad.
countable
  • 1959, J. W. Freebody. Telegraphy.
    The small hinged discs of paper, called ‘chad’, remain attached to the body of the tape.
  • 2000, Supreme Court of the United States (per curiam). Bush v. Gore.
    Much of the controversy seems to revolve around ballot cards designed to be perforated by a stylus but which, either through error or deliberate omission, have not been perforated with sufficient precision for a machine to count them. In some cases a piece of the card–a chad–is hanging, say by two corners. In other cases there is no separation at all, just an indentation.

Derived terms


Middle English

Etymology

See ch-.

Verb

chad

  1. I had

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