Associations to the word «Rod»


ROD, noun. A straight, round stick, shaft, bar, cane, or staff.
ROD, noun. (fishing) A long slender usually tapering pole used for angling; fishing rod.
ROD, 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.
ROD, 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.
ROD, 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.
ROD, noun. ​(archaic) A unit of length equal to 1   pole, a perch, ¼   chain, 5½ yards, 16½ feet, or exactly 5.0292 meters (these being all equivalent).
ROD, 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, surveying rod, leveling rod, ranging rod. The modern (US) 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.
ROD, noun. (archaic) A unit of area equal to a square rod, 30¼ square yards or 1/160 acre.
ROD, 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.
ROD, noun. (anatomy) Short for rod cell, a rod-shaped cell in the eye that is sensitive to light.
ROD, noun. (biology) Any of a number of long, slender microorganisms.
ROD, 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.
ROD, noun. (slang) A pistol; a gun.
ROD, noun. (slang) A penis.
ROD, 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.
ROD, noun. (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.
ROD, noun. (mathematics) A Cuisenaire rod.
ROD, verb. (slang) (vulgar) (transitive) To penetrate sexually.
ROD, proper noun. A nickname for the male given names Rodney and Roderick.
ROD CELL, noun. (anatomy) Any of the cylindrical photoreceptor cells in the retina that function in dim light levels.
ROD CELLS, noun. Plural of rod cell
ROD FOR ONE'S BACK, noun. (idiomatic) The means of one's own punishment or downfall.
ROD FOR ONE'S BREECH, noun. Alternative form of rod for one's back
ROD FOR ONE'S OWN BACK, noun. Alternative form of rod for one's back
ROD FOR ONE'S OWN BREECH, noun. Alternative form of rod for one's back
ROD IRON, noun. Misspelling of wrought iron.
ROD POD, noun. (angling) A stand for holding various items of angling equipment while it is in use.
ROD PODS, noun. Plural of rod pod

Dictionary definition

ROD, noun. A long thin implement made of metal or wood.
ROD, noun. Any rod-shaped bacterium.
ROD, noun. A linear measure of 16.5 feet.
ROD, noun. A square rod of land.
ROD, noun. A visual receptor cell that is sensitive to dim light.
ROD, noun. A gangster's pistol.

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