chad

[ chad ]
/ tʃæd /

noun Computers.

a small paper disk or square formed when a hole is punched in a punch card or paper tape.

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Origin of chad

First recorded in 1945–50; origin uncertain

Definition for chad (2 of 2)

Chad
[ chad ]
/ tʃæd /

noun

Lake Chad, a lake in Africa at the junction of four countries: Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria. 5,000 to 10,000 sq. mi. (13,000 to 26,000 sq. km) (seasonal variation).
Official name Republic of Chad. a republic in northern central Africa, east of Lake Chad. 501,000 sq. mi. (1,297,590 sq. km). Capital: N'Djamena.
a male given name.
French Tchad [French chad] /French tʃad/ (for defs. 1, 2).
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British Dictionary definitions for chad (1 of 2)

chad
/ (tʃæd) /

noun

the small pieces of cardboard or paper removed during the punching of holes in computer printer paper, paper tape, etc

Word Origin for chad

C20: perhaps based on chaff 1

British Dictionary definitions for chad (2 of 2)

Chad
/ (tʃæd) /

noun

a republic in N central Africa: made a territory of French Equatorial Africa in 1910; became independent in 1960; contains much desert and the Tibesti Mountains, with Lake Chad in the west; produces chiefly cotton and livestock; suffered intermittent civil war from 1963 and prolonged drought. Official languages: Arabic; French. Religion: Muslim majority, also Christian and animist. Currency: franc. Capital: Ndjamena. Pop: 11 193 452 (2013 est). Area: 1 284 000 sq km (495 750 sq miles)French name: Tchad
Lake Chad a lake in N central Africa: fed chiefly by the Shari River, it has no apparent outlet. Area: at fullest extent 10 000 to 26 000 sq km (4000 to 10 000 sq miles), varying seasonally; it has shrunk considerably in recent years
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Cultural definitions for chad

Chad

Landlocked desert republic in north-central Africa, bordered by Sudan to the east; the Central African Republic to the south; Cameroon, Niger, and Nigeria to the west; and Libya to the north. N'Djamena is its capital and largest city.

notes for Chad

Chad was under French control until 1960.
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