Meaning of rod

rod

Pronunciation: (rod), [key]
— n., v., rod•ded, rod•ding.
—n.
  1. a stick, wand, staff, or the like, of wood, metal, or other material.
  2. a straight, slender shoot or stem of any woody plant, whether still growing or cut from the plant.
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  4. (in plastering or mortaring) a straightedge moved along screeds to even the plaster between them.
  5. a stick used for measuring.
  6. a unit of linear measure, 5 yards or 16 feet (5.029 m); linear perch or pole.
  7. a unit of square measure, 30 square yards (25.29 sq. m); square perch or pole.
  8. a stick, or a bundle of sticks or switches bound together, used as an instrument of punishment.
  9. punishment or discipline: Not one to spare the rod, I sent him to bed without dinner.
  10. a wand, staff, or scepter carried as a symbol of office, authority, power, etc.
  11. authority, sway, or rule, esp. when tyrannical.
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  13. a slender bar or tube for draping towels over, suspending a shower curtain, etc.
  14. a branch of a family; tribe.
  15. a pattern, drawn on wood in full size, of one section of a piece of furniture.
    1. a pistol or revolver.
    2. Vulgar.the penis.
  16. one of the rodlike cells in the retina of the eye, sensitive to low intensities of light. Cf.(def. 5).
  17. a rod-shaped microorganism.
  18. Also calleda light pole, conspicuously marked with graduations, held upright and read through a surveying instrument in leveling or stadia surveying.
  19. round metal stock for drawing and cutting into slender bars.
—v.t.
  1. to furnish or equip with a rod or rods, esp. lightning rods.
  2. to even (plaster or mortar) with a rod.
  3. to reinforce (the core of a mold) with metal rods.

Rod

Pronunciation: (rod), [key]
  1. a male given name, form ofor
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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