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Human branding: Human branding or stigmatizing is the process by which a mark, usually a symbol or ornamental pattern, is burned into the skin of a living person, with the intention that the resulting scar makes it permanent. This is performed using a hot or very cold branding iron.
Livestock branding: Livestock branding is a technique for marking livestock so as to identify the owner. Originally, livestock branding only referred to hot branding large stock with a branding iron, though the term now includes alternative techniques.
Branding iron: A branding iron is used for branding, pressing a heated metal shape against an object or livestock with the intention of leaving an identifying mark.