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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When in Rome, spare the rod and spoil the whole barrel. Paul Muldoon, The New Yorker, "Position Paper," 2 Sep. 2019 Just poke the skinny metal rod into the thickest part of the fish, hold it there for three seconds, remove it, and touch the tip of the cake tester to the skin under your bottom lip. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "Here's How to Tell if Salmon is Cooked Perfectly," 14 Aug. 2019 The narrow rods peeking out from the walls of the clay mine didn’t initially look like much. Deming Wang, National Geographic, "Bizarre fossils reveal Asia’s oldest known forest," 8 Aug. 2019 On command, the rods de-orbit and slam into targets at hypersonic speeds, using kinetic energy to do tremendous damage. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know About the Air Force's Secret X-37B Spaceplane," 30 July 2019 Instead, the blade rod can be removed from the pitcher completely, with options to use a single blade or stack a second at different heights. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "This $27 Blender Is my Holy-Grail Kitchen Gadget For Healthy Eating," 25 July 2019 Yet as one problem is fixed another emerges: The lower control arms on the tire rods are cracked and need replacing. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "4 addresses in 4 months: This is what poverty looks like for this Cincinnati family," 10 July 2019 Speechless, Orr desperately grabbed line with his right hand and held onto the rod with his left. oregonlive.com, "Monroe: Ocean fishing has vastly improved this summer," 6 July 2019 Zirconium allows the neutrons generated from fission in the pellets to readily pass among the many rods submerged in water inside a reactor core, supporting a self-sustaining, heat-producing nuclear reaction. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Safer Nuclear Reactors Are on the Way," 1 July 2019

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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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