a stick, wand, staff, or the like, of wood, metal, or other material.
a straight, slender shoot or stem of any woody plant, whether still growing or cut from the plant.
(in plastering or mortaring) a straightedge moved along screeds to even the plaster between them.
a stick used for measuring.
Archaic. a unit of linear measure, 5.5 yards or 16.5 feet (5.029 meters); linear perch or pole.
Archaic. a unit of square measure, 30.25 square yards (25.29 sq. m); square perch or pole.
a stick, or a bundle of sticks or switches bound together, used as an instrument of punishment.
punishment or discipline:
Not one to spare the rod, I sent him to bed without dinner.
a wand, staff, or scepter carried as a symbol of office, authority, power, etc.
authority, sway, or rule, especially when tyrannical.
a slender bar or tube for draping towels over, suspending a shower curtain, etc.
Bible. a branch of a family; tribe.
a pattern, drawn on wood in full size, of one section of a piece of furniture.
a pistol or revolver.
Vulgar. the penis.
Anatomy. one of the rodlike cells in the retina of the eye, sensitive to low intensities of light.
Compare cone (def 5).
Bacteriology. a rod-shaped microorganism.
Also called leveling rod, stadia rod. Surveying. a light pole, conspicuously marked with graduations, held upright and read through a surveying instrument in leveling or stadia surveying.
Metallurgy. round metal stock for drawing and cutting into slender bars.
verb (used with object), rodded, rodding.
to furnish or equip with a rod or rods, especially lightning rods.
to even (plaster or mortar) with a rod.
Metallurgy. to reinforce (the core of a mold) with metal rods.
a male given name, form of Roderick or Rodney.
a slim cylinder of metal, wood, etc; stick or shaft
a switch or bundle of switches used to administer corporal punishment
any of various staffs of insignia or office
power, esp of a tyrannical kind: a dictator’s iron rod
a straight slender shoot, stem, or cane of a woody plant
See fishing rod
Also called pole, perch
a unit of length equal to 51/2 yards
a unit of square measure equal to 301/4 square yards
a straight narrow board marked with the dimensions of a piece of joinery, as the spacing of steps on a staircase
a metal shaft that transmits power in axial reciprocating motion: piston rod, con(necting) rod Compare shaft (sense 5)
(surveying) another name (esp US) for staff1 (sense 8)
Also called retinal rod. any of the elongated cylindrical cells in the retina of the eye, containing the visual purple (rhodopsin), which are sensitive to dim light but not to colour Compare cone (sense 5)
any rod-shaped bacterium
a slang word for penis
(US) slang name for pistol (sense 1)
short for hot rod
A straight slender cylindrical formation.
A rod cell.
An elongated bacterium; a bacillus.
One of the rod-shaped cells in the retina of the eye of many vertebrate animals. Rods are more sensitive to light than cones and are responsible for the ability to see in dim light. However, rods are insensitive to red wavelengths of light and do not contribute greatly to the perception of color. Compare cone.
noun 1. a long, double-ended bolt.
- Rod cell
rod cell n. Any of various cylindrically-shaped cells in the retina that respond to dim light.
adjective 1. made of or fitted with rods. noun 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. 3. fishing rod. 4. (in plastering or mortaring) a straightedge moved along screeds […]
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