Definition of Rod

1. Noun. A long thin implement made of metal or wood.

2. Noun. Any rod-shaped bacterium.
Generic synonyms: Bacteria, Bacterium
Specialized synonyms: Streptobacillus

3. Noun. A linear measure of 16.5 feet.
Exact synonyms: Perch, Pole
Geographical relationships: Britain, Great Britain, U.k., Uk, United Kingdom, United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland
Generic synonyms: Linear Measure, Linear Unit
Terms within: Pace, Yard
Group relationships: Furlong

4. Noun. A square rod of land.
Exact synonyms: Perch, Pole
Generic synonyms: Area Unit, Square Measure

5. Noun. A visual receptor cell that is sensitive to dim light.
Exact synonyms: Retinal Rod, Rod Cell
Group relationships: Retina
Generic synonyms: Visual Cell
Terms within: Retinal Purple, Rhodopsin, Visual Purple

6. Noun. A gangster's pistol.
Exact synonyms: Gat
Generic synonyms: Handgun, Pistol, Shooting Iron, Side Arm
Language type: Argot, Cant, Jargon, Lingo, Patois, Slang, Vernacular

Definition of Rod

1. n. A straight and slender stick; a wand; hence, any slender bar, as of wood or metal (applied to various purposes).

Definition of Rod

1. Proper noun. A nickname for the male given names Rodney and Roderick. ¹

2. Noun. A straight, round stick, shaft, bar, cane, or staff. ¹

3. Noun. (context: fishing) A long slender usually tapering pole used for angling; fishing rod. ¹

4. Noun. A stick, pole, or bundle of switches or twigs (such as a birch), used for personal defense or to administer corporal punishment by whipping. ¹

5. Noun. An implement resembling and/or supplanting a rod (particularly a cane) that is used for corporal punishment, and metonymically called '''the rod''', regardless of its actual shape and composition. ¹

6. Noun. A stick used to measure distance, by using its established length or task-specific temporary marks along its length, or by dint of specific graduated marks. ¹

7. Noun. (archaic) A unit of length. Equal to a pole, a perch, ¼ chain, 5½ yards, 16½ feet, or exactly 5.0292 meters. ¹

8. Noun. An implement held vertically and viewed through an optical surveying instrument such as a transit, used to measure distance in land surveying and construction layout; an engineer's rod, surveyor's rod, leveling rod, ranging rod. The modern (American English) engineer's or surveyor's rod commonly is eight or ten feet long and often designed to extend higher. In former times a surveyor's rod often was a single wooden pole or composed of multiple sectioned and socketed pieces, and besides serving as a sighting target was used to measure distance on the ground horizontally, hence for convenience was of one rod or pole in length, that is, 5½ yards. ¹

9. Noun. (archaic) A unit of area equal to a square rod, 30¼ square yards or 1/160 acre. ¹

10. Noun. A straight bar that unites moving parts of a machine, for holding parts together as a connecting rod or for transferring power as a drive-shaft. ¹

11. Noun. (context: anatomy) Short for rod cell, a rod-shaped cell in the eye that is sensitive to light. ¹

12. Noun. (biology) Any of a number of long, slender microorganisms. ¹

13. Noun. (chemistry) '''A stirring rod''': a glass rod, typically about 6 inches to 1 foot long and 1/8 to 1/4 inch in diameter that can be used to stir liquids in flasks or beakers. ¹

14. Noun. (slang) A pistol; a gun. ¹

15. Noun. (slang) A penis; the male rod. ¹

16. Noun. (slang) A hot rod, an automobile or other passenger motor vehicle modified to run faster and often with exterior cosmetic alterations, especially one based originally on a pre-1940s model or (currently) denoting any older vehicle thus modified. ¹

17. Noun. (context: ufology) rod-shaped objects which appear in photographs and videos traveling at high speed, not seen by the person recording the event, often associated with extraterrestrial entities ¹

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Definition of Rod

1. to provide with a rod (a straight, slender piece of wood, metal, or other material) [v RODDED, RODDING, RODS]

Medical Definition of Rod

1. 1. A straight and slender stick; a wand; hence, any slender bar, as of wood or metal (applied to various purposes). Specifically: An instrument of punishment or correction; figuratively, chastisement. "He that spareth his rod hateth his son." (Prov. Xiii. 24) A kind of sceptor, or badge of office; hence, figuratively, power; authority; tyranny; oppression. "The rod, and bird of peace." . A support for a fishing line; a fish pole. A member used in tension, as for sustaining a suspended weight, or in tension and compression, as for transmitting reciprocating motion, etc.; a connecting bar. An instrument for measuring. 2. A measure of length containing sixteen and a half feet; called also perch, and pole. Black rod. Rods and cones, the elongated cells or elements of the sensory layer of the retina, some of which are cylindrical, others somewhat conical. Origin: The same word as rood. See Rood. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rod

rocky mountain spotted fever
rocky road
rod cell
rod cells
rod disks
rod fibre
rod for one's back
rod for one's breech
rod for one's own back
rod for one's own breech
rod granule
rod iron
rod monochromatism

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