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rod

 (rŏd)
n.
1. A thin straight piece or bar of material, such as metal or wood, often having a particular function or use, as:
a. A fishing rod.
b. A piston rod.
c. An often expandable horizontal bar, especially of metal, used to suspend household items such as curtains or towels.
d. A leveling rod.
e. A lightning rod.
f. A divining rod.
g. A measuring stick.
h. One of the horizontal elements in a truss system underneath a rail car, especially a freight car.
2. A shoot or stem cut from or growing as part of a woody plant.
3.
a. A stick or bundle of sticks or switches used to give punishment by whipping.
b. Punishment; correction.
4.
a. A scepter, staff, or wand symbolizing power or authority.
b. Power or dominion, especially of a tyrannical nature: "under the rod of a cruel slavery" (John Henry Newman).
5. Abbr. rd
a. A linear measure equal to 5.5 yards or 16.5 feet (5.03 meters). Also called pole2.
b. The square of this measure, equal to 30.25 square yards or 272.25 square feet (25.30 square meters).
6. Anatomy Any of various rod-shaped cells in the retina that respond to dim light.
7. Microbiology An elongated bacterium; a bacillus.
8. Slang A pistol or revolver.
9. Vulgar Slang A penis, especially when erect.

[Middle English rodd, from Old English.]

rod

(rɒd)
n
1. a slim cylinder of metal, wood, etc; stick or shaft
2. a switch or bundle of switches used to administer corporal punishment
3. any of various staffs of insignia or office
4. power, esp of a tyrannical kind: a dictator's iron rod.
5. (Plants) a straight slender shoot, stem, or cane of a woody plant
6. (Angling) See fishing rod
7. (Units)
a. a unit of length equal to 5 yards
b. a unit of square measure equal to 30 square yards
8. (Building) a straight narrow board marked with the dimensions of a piece of joinery, as the spacing of steps on a staircase
9. (Mechanical Engineering) a metal shaft that transmits power in axial reciprocating motion: piston rod, con(necting) rod. Compare shaft5
10. (Surveying) surveying another name (esp US) for staff18
11. (Anatomy) Also called: retinal rod any of the elongated cylindrical cells in the retina of the eye, containing the visual purple (rhodopsin), which are sensitive to dim light but not to colour. Compare cone5
12. (Microbiology) any rod-shaped bacterium
13. a slang word for penis
14. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) US slang name for pistol1
15. (Automotive Engineering) short for hotrod
[Old English rodd; related to Old Norse rudda club, Norwegian rudda, rydda twig]
ˈrodˌlike adj

rod

(rɒd)

n.
1. a stick, wand, staff, or the like, of wood, metal, or other material.
2. a straight, slender shoot or stem of any woody plant, whether still growing or cut from the plant.
3. a slender bar or tube for draping towels over, suspending curtains, etc.
4.
a. a stick used for measuring.
b. a unit of linear measure, 5½ yards or 16½ feet (5.03 m); pole.
c. a unit of square measure, 30¼ square yards (25.3 sq m); rood.
5. a stick, or a bundle of sticks or switches bound together, used as an instrument of punishment.
6. punishment or discipline.
7. a staff or scepter carried as a symbol of office, authority, etc.
8. authority, sway, or rule, esp. when tyrannical.
11. one of the rodlike cells in the retina of the eye, sensitive to low intensities of light. Compare cone (def. 5).
12. (in plastering or mortaring) a straightedge moved along screeds to even the plaster between them.
13. Bible. a branch of a family; tribe. Ps. 74:2; Jer. 10:16.
14. Slang. a pistol or revolver.
15. a collapsible pole, conspicuously marked with graduations, held upright so that it can be read at a distance by a surveyor.
[before 1150; rodd, late Old English; akin to Old Norse rudda club]

rod

(rŏd)
One of the rod-shaped cells in the retina of the eye of many vertebrate animals. Rods are responsible for the ability to see in dim light. Compare cone.

rod

Also called a wand or blasting rod, this is a tool used by witches and magicians for conjuring and directing energy.

Rod

A unit of length measure, equal to sixteen and a half feet, and often used when measuring land or fencing. A quarter-mile is eighty rods in length, as is a spool of barbed wire.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rod - a long thin implement made of metal or wood
baton, wand - a thin tapered rod used by a conductor to lead an orchestra or choir
baton - a hollow metal rod that is wielded or twirled by a drum major or drum majorette
connecting rod - a rod that transmits motion (especially one that connects a rotating wheel to a reciprocating shaft)
control rod - a steel or aluminum rod that can be moved up or down to control the rate of the nuclear reaction
fishing pole, fishing rod - a rod of wood or steel or fiberglass that is used in fishing to extend the fishing line
implement - instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end
kickstand - a swiveling metal rod attached to a bicycle or motorcycle or other two-wheeled vehicle; the rod lies horizontally when not in use but can be kicked into a vertical position as a support to hold the vehicle upright when it is not being ridden
pole - a long (usually round) rod of wood or metal or plastic
ramrod - a rod used to ram the charge into a muzzle-loading firearm
ramrod - a rod used to clean the barrel of a firearm
rotating shaft, shaft - a revolving rod that transmits power or motion
shaft - a long rod or pole (especially the handle of an implement or the body of a weapon like a spear or arrow)
stair-rod - a rod that holds a stair-carpet in the angle between two steps
tie rod - either of two rods that link the steering gear to the front wheels
wand - a rod used by a magician or water diviner
2.rod - any rod-shaped bacterium
bacteria, bacterium - (microbiology) single-celled or noncellular spherical or spiral or rod-shaped organisms lacking chlorophyll that reproduce by fission; important as pathogens and for biochemical properties; taxonomy is difficult; often considered to be plants
streptobacillus - any of various rod-shaped Gram-negative bacteria
3.rod - a linear measure of 16.5 feet
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
linear measure, linear unit - a unit of measurement of length
yard, pace - a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride
furlong - a unit of length equal to 220 yards
4.rod - a square rod of land
area unit, square measure - a system of units used to measure areas
5.rod - a visual receptor cell that is sensitive to dim light
retina - the innermost light-sensitive membrane covering the back wall of the eyeball; it is continuous with the optic nerve
visual cell - one of the cells of the retina that is sensitive to light
retinal purple, rhodopsin, visual purple - a red photopigment in the retinal rods of vertebrates; dissociates into retinene by light
6.rod - a gangster's pistol
handgun, pistol, shooting iron, side arm - a firearm that is held and fired with one hand
jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"

rod

noun
1. stick, bar, pole, shaft, switch, crook, cane, birch, dowel reinforced with steel rods
2. staff, baton, mace, wand, sceptre It was a witch-doctor's rod.

rod

noun
A relatively long, straight, rigid piece of metal or other solid material:
Translations
قَضِيبقَضيب، عَصا
prutpryčtyčinkadrát
stangstav
kaco
keppimittakeppisauvabakteerisauvasolusekoitussauva
šipka
stöng
竿杆体杆菌
막대
makšķerenūjastienis
undiţă
udica
drogribiška palica
palicašipka
stångstav
ไม้หรือแท่งโลหะยาวๆ
cái cần

rod

[rɒd] N
1. [of wood] → vara f; [of metal] → barra f; (= fishing rod) → caña f; (= curtain rod) → barra f; (= connecting rod) → biela f (Survey) → jalón m
to rule with a rod of irongobernar con mano de hierro
to make a rod for one's own backhacer algo que después resultará contraproducente
spare the rod and spoil the childquien bien te quiere te hará llorar
see also spare C3
2. (= measure) medida de longitud = 5,029 metros
3. (US) (= gun) → pipa f, pistola f
4. (US) (Aut) = hotrod

rod

[ˈrɒd] n
(gen)tige f; (wooden)baguette f; (for curtain, stair carpet)tringle f
(also fishing rod) → canne f à pêche

rod

n
Stab m, → Stange f; (= switch)Rute f, → Gerte f; (in machinery) → Stange f; (for punishment, fishing) → Rute f; (symbol of authority) → Stab m; spare the rod and spoil the child (prov) → wer mit der Rute spart, verzieht das Kind (prov); rod bacteriumStäbchenbakterie f
(= measure)˜ Rute f (5,5 Yards)
(dated US sl: = gun) → Schießeisen nt (hum inf)

rod

[rɒd] n (wooden, plastic) → bacchetta; (metallic) (Tech) → asta, sbarra; (fishing rod) → canna da pesca; (curtain rod) → bastone m
to rule with a rod of iron → comandare a bacchetta

rod

(rod) noun
a long thin stick or piece of wood, metal etc. an iron rod; a fishing-rod; a measuring-rod.

rod

قَضِيب prut stang Stab βέργα caña de pescar keppi tringle šipka barra 막대 stang stang pręt vara стержень stång ไม้หรือแท่งโลหะยาวๆ çubuk cái cần

rod

n. bastoncillo; varilla.

rod

n (bacteria) bacilo; (of the eye) bastón m; (ortho) barra; Harrington — barra de Harrington
References in classic literature ?
The biggest coward I ever knew as called Lyon; and his wife, Patience, would scold you out of hearing in less time than a hunted deer would run a rod.
The frown, the harsh rebuke, the frequent application of the rod, enjoined by Scriptural authority, were used, not merely in the way of punishment for actual offences, but as a wholesome regimen for the growth and promotion of all childish virtues.
Truth to say, he was a conscientious man, and ever bore in mind the golden maxim, "Spare the rod and spoil the child.
chiefly known to me by Thy rod --mortal or immortal, here I die.
The vast white headless phantom floats further and further from the ship, and every rod that it so floats, what seem square roods of sharks and cubic roods of fowls, augment the murderous din.
In fact, Dinah ruled over the woolly heads of the younger members with a rod of iron, and seemed to consider them born for no earthly purpose but to "save her steps," as she phrased it.
Turin must surely read a good deal, for it has more book-stores to the square rod than any other town I know of.
Spare the rod and spile the child, as the Good Book says.
She sat by the window trying to make some sort of plan, watching the lightning play over the hilltop and the streams of rain chasing each other down the lightning rod.
fortunate for himself, as it at once brought him into the field of public use- fulness, "gave the world assurance of a MAN," quick- ened the slumbering energies of his soul, and con- secrated him to the great work of breaking the rod of the oppressor, and letting the oppressed go free!
exclaimed Miss Scatcherd; "nothing can correct you of your slatternly habits: carry the rod away.
There was a carpet - a good one, but the pattern was obliterated by dust; a fireplace hung with cut-paper, dropping to pieces; a handsome oak-bedstead with ample crimson curtains of rather expensive material and modern make; but they had evidently experienced rough usage: the vallances hung in festoons, wrenched from their rings, and the iron rod supporting them was bent in an arc on one side, causing the drapery to trail upon the floor.