rod

noun \ ˈräd \

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 Weights and Measures 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

rodless

play \-ləs\ adjective

rodlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of rod in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of rod

Middle English, from Old English rodd; akin to Old Norse rudda club

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ROD Defined for English Language Learners

rod

noun

Definition of rod for English Language Learners

  • : 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


ROD Defined for Kids

rod

noun \ ˈräd \

Definition of rod for Students

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 16¹/₂ 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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