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  1. (noun) A thin straight piece or bar of material, such as metal or wood, often having a particular function or use, as:
  2. (noun) A fishing rod.
  3. (noun) A piston rod.
  4. (noun) An often expandable horizontal bar, especially of metal, used to suspend household items such as curtains or towels.
  5. (noun) A leveling rod.
  6. (noun) A lightning rod.
  7. (noun) A divining rod.
  8. (noun) A measuring stick.
  9. (noun) A shoot or stem cut from or growing as part of a woody plant.
  10. (noun) A stick or bundle of sticks or switches used to give punishment by whipping.
  11. (noun) Punishment; correction.
  12. (noun) A scepter, staff, or wand symbolizing power or authority.
  13. (noun) Power or dominion, especially of a tyrannical nature: "under the rod of a cruel slaveryā€¯ ( John Henry Newman).
  14. (noun) A linear measure equal to 5.5 yards or 16.5 feet (5.03 meters). Also called pole2.
  15. (noun) The square of this measure, equal to 30.25 square yards or 272.25 square feet (25.30 square meters). See Table at measurement.
  16. (noun) Bible A line of family descent; a branch of a tribe.
  17. (noun) Anatomy Any of various rod-shaped cells in the retina that respond to dim light.
  18. (noun) Microbiology An elongated bacterium; a bacillus.
  19. (noun) Slang A pistol or revolver.
  20. (noun) A portion of the undercarriage of a train, especially the drawbar under a freight car. Often used in the plural: ride the rods.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. My six-foot spin rod is fine and so is my four-pound line. - All About Jigs
  2. The curtain rod is hung to low and is the wrong colour. - Interior Design Patterns from Hand
  3. They suppose the term rod, must mean the iron rod of the unfeeling and unloving despot. - The Christian Home
  4. By the time your rod is at the farthest distance in your set, it has to have made "contact" with your jig and hopefully fish - plus some. - All About Jigs
  5. With a pole jointed like a fishing-rod he nips the stalk of the ripe nuts by two claw-like prongs with which the tip of his rod is armed, when they drop into a little basket-like cage worked to the stem some inches below. - Insulinde: Experiences of a Naturalist's Wife in the Eastern Archipelago


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