rod

noun
\ ˈräd How to pronounce rod (audio) \

Definition of rod

1a(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)
2a : 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 sense 3a
4 : a rod-shaped bacterium
5 slang : handgun

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Other Words from rod

rodless \ ˈräd-​ləs How to pronounce rodless (audio) \ adjective
rodlike \ ˈräd-​ˌlīk How to pronounce rodlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of rod in a Sentence

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

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Stir well until fully combined, then refrigerate or serve at once with pretzel rods, toasted baguettes cheese or crackers. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "9 Easy Kentucky Derby Recipe Ideas You Can Whip Up In No Time," 3 May 2019 They are pleated at the top of the drapery panel, and hang from a rod. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Drapes or Curtains? Why Choosing the Right Window Treatment Matters," 27 Mar. 2019 Compared to young mice that had received placebo cells, the animals with the senescent cell transplants started to walk more slowly, and weren’t able to hang on to a rod as long or grip as strongly after a month. Alice Park, Time, "How Scientists Are Testing Cancer Drugs to Slow Down Aging," 9 July 2018 Jones-Duffey endured nearly a year of chemotherapy, lost her hair and underwent a limb-salvage operation that included a knee replacement and a titanium rod in her tibia. Terrence Thomas, San Antonio Express-News, "Whitlock’s departure leaves legacy of family," 26 June 2018 Now 28, Thomas still makes her fifes by hand out of cane, hollowing it out with a heated metal rod—just as Turner did. Bill Dahl, Chicago Reader, "Shardé Thomas propels the Rising Stars Fife & Drum Band into a new century," 5 June 2018 Siddiqui is one of a handful of Democrats running against longtime Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a lightening rod in Congress who regularly defends Russia and its autocratic leader, Vladimir Putin. Emily Cadei, sacbee, "Democrats on edge in California congressional races," 1 June 2018 Top rods in the Guntersville event were University of Tennessee students John Lambert of Blountville, Tenn., and Logan Brewster of Maryville with an impressive five bass total of 25 pounds 9 ounces. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Collegiate tournament at Guntersville draws record field," 7 Mar. 2018 Patience expired this week: Curry is scheduled for surgery to insert a rod in his tibia to stabilize the leg, after months of inactivity. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Would Charlotte Hornets-Seth Curry be a good match?," 8 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of rod

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for rod

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

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rod

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rod

: a straight, thin stick or bar
: a pole with a line and usually a reel that is used in fishing
old-fashioned : a stick used to hit or whip someone as a form of punishment

rod

noun
\ ˈräd How to pronounce rod (audio) \

Kids Definition of rod

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

rod

noun
\ ˈräd How to pronounce rod (audio) \

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 sense 2a
3 : a bacterium shaped like a rod

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