a long-handled metal rod with a stamp at one end, used for branding livestock, especially cattle, with a registered or recognized symbol or character to indicate ownership.
- Also called brand.
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How to use branding iron in a sentence
A governor who vetoed Republican bills byburning the word “VETO” onto them using a branding iron.Meet Brian Schweitzer, the ex-Montana Governor Who Wants to Replace Max Baucus in the Senate | David Frum | April 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
A felony conviction burns through the skin deeper than any white-hot branding iron.
The overwhelming relief in her face, burned into Wade's soul like a branding-iron.Hidden Gold | Wilder Anthony
The hot branding-iron was then clapped against their shoulder, and was received by a roar of rage and pain.Out on the Pampas | G. A. Henty
He stared at the letter, and certain sentences in it seemed to sear him, even as the branding-iron used on a felon might.The History of Sir Richard Calmady | Lucas Malet