A rod is a bar or a stick, like the curtain rods in your windows or the steel rods inside the structure of a building that help make it sturdy.

A rod can be a staff, like a walking stick, or a metal bar used in construction projects. In tarot card decks, rods are are a suit that's also known as "wands" or "batons." You fish with a rod too, a long flexible pole. Most parents today disagree with the old-fashioned saying, "Spare the rod and spoil the child," which basically means "your kid will be spoiled if you don't hit them with a stick now and then."

Primary Meanings of rod

a long thin implement made of metal or wood
a linear measure of 16.5 feet
a visual receptor cell that is sensitive to dim light
any rod-shaped bacterium
a gangster's pistol
Full Definitions of rod

n a long thin implement made of metal or wood

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baton, wand
a thin tapered rod used by a conductor to lead an orchestra or choir
a hollow metal rod that is wielded or twirled by a drum major or drum majorette
connecting rod
a rod that transmits motion (especially one that connects a rotating wheel to a reciprocating shaft)
control rod
a steel or aluminum rod that can be moved up or down to control the rate of the nuclear reaction
fishing pole, fishing rod
a rod of wood or steel or fiberglass that is used in fishing to extend the fishing line
a swiveling metal rod attached to a bicycle or motorcycle or other two-wheeled vehicle; the rod lies horizontally when not in use but can be kicked into a vertical position as a support to hold the vehicle upright when it is not being ridden
a long (usually round) rod of wood or metal or plastic
a rod used to ram the charge into a muzzle-loading firearm
a rod used to clean the barrel of a firearm
rotating shaft, shaft
a revolving rod that transmits power or motion
a long rod or pole (especially the handle of an implement or the body of a weapon like a spear or arrow)
a rod that holds a stair-carpet in the angle between two steps
tie rod
either of two rods that link the steering gear to the front wheels
a rod used by a magician or water diviner
a shaft on which a wheel rotates
barge pole
a long pole used to propel or guide a barge
boom, microphone boom
a pole carrying an overhead microphone projected over a film or tv set
a heavy wooden pole (such as the trunk of a young fir) that is tossed as a test of strength (in the Highlands of northern Scotland)
has cams attached to it
clothes tree, coat stand, coat tree
an upright pole with pegs or hooks on which to hang clothing
a rotating shaft driven by (or driving) a crank
a rotating shaft that transmits power from the engine to the point of application
fly rod
a long flexible fishing rod used in fly fishing
any sturdy upright pole
piston rod
connecting rod that moves or is moved by a piston
ski pole
a pole with metal points used as an aid in skiing
a stout rounded pole of wood or metal used to support rigging
arbor, mandrel, mandril, spindle
any of various rotating shafts that serve as axes for larger rotating parts
spinning rod
a fishing rod designed for casting a spinning lure
one of two stout poles with foot rests in the middle; used for walking high above the ground
one of two shafts extending from the body of a cart or carriage on either side of the animal that pulls it
transmission shaft
rotating shaft that transmits rotary motion from the engine to the differential
Type of:
instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end

n a linear measure of 16.5 feet

perch, pole
Type of:
linear measure, linear unit
a unit of measurement of length

n a square rod of land

perch, pole
Type of:
area unit, square measure
a system of units used to measure areas

n a visual receptor cell that is sensitive to dim light

retinal rod, rod cell
Type of:
visual cell
one of the cells of the retina that is sensitive to light

n any rod-shaped bacterium

any of various rod-shaped Gram-negative bacteria
Type of:
bacteria, bacterium
(microbiology) single-celled or noncellular spherical or spiral or rod-shaped organisms lacking chlorophyll that reproduce by fission; important as pathogens and for biochemical properties; taxonomy is difficult; often considered to be plants

n a gangster's pistol

Type of:
handgun, pistol, shooting iron, side arm
a firearm that is held and fired with one hand

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