Meaning of ROD in English

ROD

transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈräd ]

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 -ləs adjective

• rod·like -ˌlīk adjective

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.