1. [syn: crucifix, rood, rood-tree]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Rood \Rood\ (r[=oo]d), n. [AS. r[=o]d a cross; akin to OS.
r[=o]da, D. roede rod, G. ruthe, rute, OHG. ruota. Cf. Rod
1. A representation in sculpture or in painting of the cross
with Christ hanging on it.
Note: Generally, the Trinity is represented, the Father as an
elderly man fully clothed, with a nimbus around his
head, and holding the cross on which the Son is
represented as crucified, the Holy Spirit descending in
the form of a dove near the Son's head. Figures of the
Virgin Mary and of St. John are often placed near the
Savior, in thine image seen
Bleeding on that precious rood. --Wordsworth.
2. A measure of five and a half yards in length; a rod; a
perch; a pole. [Prov. Eng.]
3. The fourth part of an acre, or forty square rods.
By the rood, by the cross; -- a phrase formerly used in
swearing. "No, by the rood, not so." --Shak.
Rood beam (Arch.), a beam across the chancel of a church,
supporting the rood.
Rood loft (Arch.), a loft or gallery, in a church, on which
the rood and its appendages were set up to view. --Gwilt.
Rood screen (Arch.), a screen, between the choir and the
body of the church, over which the rood was placed.
Rood tower (Arch.), a tower at the intersection of the nave
and transept of a church; -- when crowned with a spire it
was called also rood steeple. --Weale.
Rood tree, the cross. [Obs.] "Died upon the rood tree."
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: representation of the cross on which Jesus died [syn:
crucifix, rood, rood-tree]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
107 Moby Thesaurus words for "rood":
Agnus Dei, Calvary cross, Christogram, Greek cross, Holy Grail,
Host, Jerusalem cross, Latin cross, Maltese cross, Pieta,
Russian cross, Sanctus bell, Sangraal, T, X, ankh, ark, asperger,
asperges, aspergillum, avellan cross, bambino, beadroll, beads,
candle, censer, chaplet, chi, chi-rho, christcross, ciborium,
crisscross, cross, cross ancre, cross botonee, cross bourdonee,
cross fitche, cross fleury, cross formee, cross fourchee,
cross grignolee, cross moline, cross of Cleves, cross of Lorraine,
cross patee, cross recercelee, cross-crosslet, crossbones,
crosslet, crucifix, cruciform, cruet, crux, crux ansata,
crux capitata, crux decussata, crux gammata, crux immissa,
crux ordinaria, dagger, eucharistial, ex, exing, fork cross,
gammadion, holy cross, holy water, holy-water sprinkler, icon,
incensory, inverted cross, long cross, matzo, menorah, mezuzah,
mikvah, monstrance, osculatory, ostensorium, papal cross,
paschal candle, pax, pectoral cross, phylacteries, potent cross,
prayer shawl, prayer wheel, pyx, relics, rosary, sacramental,
sacred relics, sacring bell, saltire, shofar, sukkah, swastika,
tabernacle, tallith, tau, thurible, trefled cross, urceole,
veronica, vigil light, voided cross, votive candle