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English Dictionary: rod by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
rod
n
  1. a long thin implement made of metal or wood
  2. any rod-shaped bacterium
  3. a linear measure of 16.5 feet
    Synonym(s): perch, rod, pole
  4. a square rod of land
    Synonym(s): perch, rod, pole
  5. a visual receptor cell that is sensitive to dim light
    Synonym(s): rod, rod cell, retinal rod
  6. a gangster's pistol
    Synonym(s): gat, rod
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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).
            Specifically:
            (a) An instrument of punishment or correction;
                  figuratively, chastisement.
  
                           He that spareth his rod hateth his son. --Prov.
                                                                              xiii. 24.
            (b) A kind of sceptor, or badge of office; hence,
                  figuratively, power; authority; tyranny; oppression.
                  [bd]The rod, and bird of peace.[b8] --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.
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