rod


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

rod

noun \ˈräd\   (Medical Dictionary)

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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