Rad

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German[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle High German rat, from Old High German rad, from Proto-West Germanic *raþ, from Proto-Germanic *raþą, from Proto-Indo-European *Hret- (to roll).

Related to Swedish ratt (steering wheel) and Finnish ratti (steering wheel). Also related to English rotary and Spanish rueda (wheel), which descended from the same PIE root through Latin rota.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ʁaːt/ (prescriptive standard; especially southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland)
  • IPA(key): /ʁat/ (predominant in northern and parts of central Germany; but inflected forms with a long vowel)
  • (file)
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aːt, -at
  • Homophone: Rat (according to prescriptive standard)

Noun[edit]

Rad n (strong, genitive Rades or Rads, plural Räder, diminutive Rädchen n)

  1. wheel
  2. (gymnastics) cartwheel
  3. Clipping of Fahrrad; bicycle
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Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from English rad.

Noun[edit]

Rad n (strong, genitive Rads or Rad, plural Rads)

  1. (physics) rad (non-SI unit of absorbed dose of radiation)
    Coordinate term: Gray
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Luxembourgish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German rat, from Old High German rad, from Proto-West Germanic *raþ, from Proto-Germanic *raþą. Cognate with German Rad, Dutch rad.

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Noun[edit]

Rad n (plural Rieder, diminutive Riedchen)

  1. wheel