STUD, noun [G., a stay or prop; to butt at, to gore. The sense of the root is to set, to thrust. G. It coincides with stead, place.]
1. In building, a small piece of timber or joist inserted in the sills and beams, between the posts, to support he beams or other main timbers. The boards on the outside and the laths on the inside of a building, are also nailed to the studs.
2. A nail with a large head, inserted in work chiefly for ornament; an ornamental knob.
A belt of straw, and ivy buds, with coral clasps and amber studs.
Crystal and myrrhine cups, embossd with gems and studs of pearl.
3. A collection of breeding horses and mares; or the place where they are kept.
In the studs of Ireland, where care is taken, we see horses bred of excellent shape, vigor and fire.
4. A button for a shirt sleeve.
STUD, verb transitive
1. To adorn with shining studs or knobs.
Their horses shall be trappd, their harness studded all with gold and pearl.
2. To set with detached ornaments or prominent objects.