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baud

A unit of data transmission equal to 1 bit/sec. Technically, baud is the number of times/sec that the carrier signal shifts value—e.g., a 56k bit-per-second modem actually runs at 14.4 baud, but it moves 4 bits per baud. Named after a Emile Baudot 1845-1903, a French telegraph engineer, inventor of the Baudot code, and pioneer of telecommunication.
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When a girl who is described as being 'Oysive et baude contre Dieu' ('idle and cheeky towards God') is also said to have 'Cueur baud et fol', this must be read as 'a wanton, lascivious nature' (lit.
Reinforcing these examples of baud meaning 'lascivious, wanton' in Godefroy's entry, T-L (I, 890) quote two relevant continental texts from that period containing two other adjectives which complicate the enquiry.
However, while the sense of baude in the T-L quotation from the Roman de la Rose is not in any doubt, the first of these two quotations, from a Life of St Julian, associating baud with estout, would appear to provide no similar definitive confirmation of the meaning 'lascivious, wanton', none of the glosses for estout given in the dictionary--'verwegen; stolz, hochmutig, anmassend; toricht, dumm' (III, 1426)--or the senses of the Latin stultus from which it is derived ('foolish, simple, silly, fatuous') having any potentially erotic connotation.
However, these are followed by two fourteenth-century quotations in which the word has the derogatory sense of 'indiscret, impudent, effronte' (I, 336b), thus setting it on a par with the similar senses of baud referred to above--'Elle fut bien aperte, car elle me pria deux fois ou trois que je ne demeurasse point a la venir voir' ('She was very forward, for she begged me two or three times not to hesitate to come to visit her'); 'On ne pardonne point a une pucelle qu'elle, a la premiere requeste, face appert octroy, ne descouvre son couraige' ('It is not acceptable that a young woman, at the first time of asking, should give uninhibited consent and reveal her feelings').