Meaning of ROD in English

ROD

n.1 a slender straight bar esp. of wood or metal.

2 this as a symbol of office.

3 a a stick or bundle of twigs used in caning or flogging. b (prec. by the) the use of this.

4 a fishing-rod. b an angler using a rod.

5 a a slender straight round stick growing as a shoot on a tree. b this when cut.

6 (as a measure) a perch or square perch (see PERCH(1)).

7 US sl. hot rod.

8 US sl. a pistol or revolver.

9 Anat. any of numerous rod-shaped structures in the eye, detecting dim light.

Phrases and idioms:

make a rod for one's own back act in a way that will bring one trouble later.

Derivatives:

rodless adj. rodlet n. rodlike adj.

Etymology: OE rodd, prob. rel. to ON rudda club

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.