[syn: gat, rod]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Rod \Rod\, n. [The same word as rood. See Rood.]
1. A straight and slender stick; a wand; hence, any slender
bar, as of wood or metal (applied to various purposes).
(a) An instrument of punishment or correction;
He that spareth his rod hateth his son. --Prov.
(b) A kind of sceptor, or badge of office; hence,
figuratively, power; authority; tyranny; oppression.
"The rod, and bird of peace." --Shak.
(c) A support for a fishing line; a fish pole. --Gay.
(d) (Mach. & Structure) A member used in tension, as for
sustaining a suspended weight, or in tension and
compression, as for transmitting reciprocating motion,
etc.; a connecting bar.
(e) An instrument for measuring.
2. A measure of length containing sixteen and a half feet; --
called also perch, and pole.
Black rod. See in the Vocabulary.
Rods and cones (Anat.), the elongated cells or elements of
the sensory layer of the retina, some of which are
cylindrical, others somewhat conical.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a long thin implement made of metal or wood
2: any rod-shaped bacterium
3: a linear measure of 16.5 feet [syn: perch, rod, pole]
4: a square rod of land [syn: perch, rod, pole]
5: a visual receptor cell that is sensitive to dim light [syn:
rod, rod cell, retinal rod]
6: a gangster's pistol [syn: gat, rod]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
112 Moby Thesaurus words for "rod":
Maypole, atomic pile, automatic, bar, baton, billet, birch,
blowgun, blowpipe, breeder reactor, bricks, caduceus, cane,
cap of dignity, cap of maintenance, castigation, chain of office,
chain reactor, chain-reacting pile, chastisement, club, coronet,
correction, crook, crosier, cross-staff, crown, diadem, discipline,
ermine, fasces, fast pile, ferule, firearm, flagstaff,
flamethrower, furnace, gat, gavel, great seal, gun, handgun,
heater, heterogeneous reactor, homogeneous reactor, ingot,
intermediate pile, lattice, mace, mantle, musket, neutron factory,
nuclear furnace, orb, paddle, pandybat, peashooter, piece, pile,
pistol, plutonium reactor, pole, portfolio, power reactor,
power-breeder reactor, privy seal, province, punition, purple,
purple pall, radioactive waste, rattan, reactor, reactor pile,
regalia, repeater, revolver, rifle, robe of state, rod of empire,
rod of office, rods, royal crown, ruler, sawed-off shotgun, scape,
scepter, seal, shaft, shooting iron, shotgun, signet, six-gun,
six-shooter, slab, slow pile, staff, stalk, stellarator, stem,
stick, strip, switch, tiara, tongue, totem pole, triple plume,
truncheon, uraeus, uranium reactor, wand, wand of office
V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (February 2016):
Rewritable Optical Disk (OD)
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
ROD. A measure sixteen feet and a half long; a perch.