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  • noun
    A thin straight bar, especially of wood or metal. (concrete walls reinforced with steel rods)
    A fishing rod. (he hooked an enormous fish which almost pulled the rod from out of his hands)
    A linear measure, especially for land, equal to 51/2 yards (approximately 5.029 m). (Nineteen gallons of water is required to fill the tank after traveling 40 rods.)
    A pistol or revolver.
    A light-sensitive cell of one of the two types present in large numbers in the retina of the eye, responsible mainly for monochrome vision in poor light. (Messing with our rods and cones, Downing's saturated dots stick around perceptually in afterimages.)


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