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Meaning of ROD

Pronunciation:  râd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any rod-shaped bacterium
  2. [n]  (slang) a gangster's pistol
  3. [n]  a long thin implement made of metal or wood
  4. [n]  visual receptor cell sensitive to dim light
  5. [n]  a square rod of land
  6. [n]  (British) a linear measure of 16.5 feet

ROD is a 3 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: gat, perch, pole, retinal rod, rod cell
 See Also: area unit, bacteria, bacterium, baton, connecting rod, control rod, divining rod, dowsing rod, fishing pole, fishing rod, furlong, handgun, implement, linear unit, pace, pistol, pole, ramrod, retina, retinal purple, rhodopsin, rotating shaft, shaft, shooting iron, side arm, square measure, stair-rod, streptobacillus, tie rod, visual cell, visual purple, yard



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Rod\, n. [The same word as rood. See {Rood}.]
1. A straight and slender stick; a wand; hence, any slender
   bar, as of wood or metal (applied to various purposes).
   (a) An instrument of punishment or correction;
       figuratively, chastisement.

             He that spareth his rod hateth his son. --Prov.
                                               xiii. 24.
   (b) A kind of sceptor, or badge of office; hence,
       figuratively, power; authority; tyranny; oppression.
       ``The rod, and bird of peace.'' --Shak.
   (c) A support for a fishing line; a fish pole. --Gay.
   (d) (Mach. & Structure) 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.
   (e) An instrument for measuring.

2. A measure of length containing sixteen and a half feet; --
   called also {perch}, and {pole}.

{Black rod}. See in the Vocabulary.

{Rods and cones} (Anat.), the elongated cells or elements of
   the sensory layer of the retina, some of which are
   cylindrical, others somewhat conical.