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rod

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noun \ˈräd\

Simple Definition of rod

  • : 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. 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. 2 a :  a unit of length — see weight table b :  a square rod

  3. 3 :  any of the long rod-shaped photosensitive receptors in the retina responsive to faint light — compare cone 3a

  4. 4 :  a rod-shaped bacterium

  5. 5 slang :  handgun

rod·less play \-ləs\ adjective
rod·like play \-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

Rhymes with rod


Medical Dictionary

rod

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noun \ˈräd\

Medical Definition of rod

  1. 1:  a straight slender pole or bar

  2. 2:  any of the long rod-shaped photosensitive receptors in the retina responsive to faint light—compare cone 2a

  3. 3:  a bacterium shaped like a rod






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