Meaning of ROD in English

ROD

n.

Pronunciation: ' räd

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English rodd; akin to Old Norse rudda club

Date: before 12th century

1 a (1) : a straight slender stick growing on or cut from a tree or bush (2) : OSIER (3) : a stick or bundle of twigs used to punish also : PUNISHMENT (4) : a shepherd's cudgel (5) : a pole with a line and usually a reel attached for fishing b (1) : a slender bar (as of wood or metal) (2) : a bar or staff for measuring (3) : SCEPTER also : a wand or staff carried as a badge of office (as of marshal)

2 a : a unit of length ― see WEIGHT table b : a square rod

3 : any of the long rod-shaped photosensitive receptors in the retina responsive to faint light ― compare CONE 3a

4 : a rod-shaped bacterium

5 slang : HANDGUN

– rod · less \ -l ə s \ adjective

– rod · like \ - ˌ l ī k \ adjective

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.