stud

A stud is a metal piece that sticks out, usually for decoration. You might have studs spelling out "Mom" on your leather jacket. Straight, simple earrings — a single pearl on a straight post, for instance — are also called studs.

There are a few meanings of stud that you should know if you are an equestrian or in construction. A stud is a male horse used for breeding, and it’s also slang for a macho he-man. If you want to hang a heavy mirror on a wall, you have to find the studs — the upright boards behind the wall — and hammer your nails into the studs, so the nails are anchored to something solid so they can support the weight of the mirror.

Definitions of stud
  1. noun
    an upright in house framing
    synonyms: scantling
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    type of:
    upright, vertical
    a vertical structural member as a post or stake
  2. noun
    ornament consisting of a circular rounded protuberance (as on a vault or shield or belt)
    synonyms: rivet
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    type of:
    decoration, ornament, ornamentation
    something used to beautify
  3. verb
    provide with or construct with studs
    stud the wall”
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    type of:
    add
    make an addition (to); join or combine or unite with others; increase the quality, quantity, size or scope of
  4. verb
    scatter or intersperse like dots or studs
    synonyms: constellate, dot
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    type of:
    continue, cover, extend
    span an interval of distance, space or time
  5. noun
    adult male horse kept for breeding
    synonyms: studhorse
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    type of:
    entire, stallion
    uncastrated adult male horse
  6. noun
    a man who is virile and sexually active
    synonyms: he-man, macho-man
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    type of:
    adult male, man
    an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)
  7. noun
    poker in which each player receives hole cards and the remainder are dealt face up; bets are placed after each card is dealt
    synonyms: stud poker
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    type of:
    poker, poker game
    any of various card games in which players bet that they hold the highest-ranking hand
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