brand-n; 6 Senses

Sense Number 1: a name or trait that identifies a product or type of thing

Commentary: BRAND[+abstract][+identifier][+name/+trait]
NOTE: specifies a kind or class of thing, not a specific instance.

Marketing has been trying to come up with a good brand name for the new hair product.
A new brand of politician has been emerging in recent years. (figurative use)
Jane switches brands of toothpaste often.
Cabaret is a lively brand of theater.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2

Sense Number 2: a physical mark that serves to identify something

Commentary: BRAND[+physical][+artifact][+mark][+identification]
NOTE: specifies a specific instance of a mark, not a class of things, even when used figuratively.

These cattle bear the double-bar brand of the ranch on the south fork of the river.
We could see the brand of poverty on her face. (figurative)
The slaves bore brands on both their arms and ankles.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3, 5

Sense Number 3: piece of burning wood

Commentary: BRAND[+physical][+material][+wood][+burning]

We could see the brands of the cult as they proceeded through the woods, burning brightly in the night.
He kicked two burning brands back into the center of the fire.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 4: a tool used to create a physical identification mark

Commentary: BRAND[+physical][+artifact][+tool][+marking]

The brand must first be heated in a fire before applying it to the haunch of a cow.
This old iron brand is from the nineteenth century.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 5: a thrusting weapon, as a sword

Commentary: BRAND[+physical][+artifact][+weapon][+sword]

The captain thrust his brand through the heart of the pirate.
The soldiers raced through the streets of the city, flourishing their brands.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6

Sense Number 6: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)