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rod

noun \ˈräd\

: a straight, thin stick or bar

: a pole with a line and usually a reel that is used in fishing

: a stick used to hit or whip someone as a form of punishment

Full Definition of ROD

1
a (1) :  a straight slender stick growing on or cut from a tree or bush (2) :  osier (3) :  a stick or bundle of twigs used to punish; also :  punishment (4) :  a shepherd's cudgel (5) :  a pole with a line and usually a reel attached for fishing
b (1) :  a slender bar (as of wood or metal)
(2) :  a bar or staff for measuring (3) :  scepter; also :  a wand or staff carried as a badge of office (as of marshal)
2
a :  a unit of length — see weight table
b :  a square rod
3
:  any of the long rod-shaped photosensitive receptors in the retina responsive to faint light — compare cone 3a
4
:  a rod-shaped bacterium
5
slang :  handgun
rod·less \-ləs\ adjective
rod·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of ROD

  1. <arrested for using a rod on his dogs in violation of the state's animal cruelty laws>

Origin of ROD

Middle English, from Old English rodd; akin to Old Norse rudda club
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

chum, covert, creel, flense, pitfall, seine, skulk, spoor, trawl

Rhymes with ROD

RODLESS Defined for Kids

rod

noun \ˈräd\

Definition of ROD for Kids

1
:  a light flexible pole often with line and a reel attached used in fishing
2
:  a stick or bundle of twigs used in whipping a person
3
:  a straight slender stick or bar
4
:  a measure of length equal to 1612 feet (about 5 meters)
5
:  a cell of the retina of the eye that is shaped like a rod and is sensitive to faint light
Medical Dictionary

rod

noun \ˈräd\

Medical Definition of ROD

1
:  a straight slender pole or bar
2
:  any of the long rod-shaped photosensitive receptors in the retina responsive to faint light—compare cone 2a
3
:  a bacterium shaped like a rod

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