Definition of "rod" []

  • A thin straight piece or bar of material, such as metal or wood, often having a particular function or use, as: (noun)
  • A fishing rod. (noun)
  • A piston rod. (noun)
  • An often expandable horizontal bar, especially of metal, used to suspend household items such as curtains or towels. (noun)
  • A leveling rod. (noun)
  • A slim cylinder of metal, wood, etc; stick or shaft (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A switch or bundle of switches used to administer corporal punishment (noun)
  • Any of various staffs of insignia or office (noun)
  • Power, esp of a tyrannical kind (noun)
  • A straight slender shoot, stem, or cane of a woody plant (noun)
  • A unit of length equal to 51⁄2 yards (noun)
  • A unit of square measure equal to 301⁄4 square yards (noun)
  • A straight narrow board marked with the dimensions of a piece of joinery, as the spacing of steps on a staircase (noun)
  • A metal shaft that transmits power in axial reciprocating motion (noun)
  • Any of the elongated cylindrical cells in the retina of the eye, containing the visual purple (rhodopsin), which are sensitive to dim light but not to colour (noun)
  • Any rod-shaped bacterium (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "rod" in a sentence
  • "My six-foot spin rod is fine and so is my four-pound line."
  • "The curtain rod is hung to low and is the wrong colour."
  • "They suppose the term rod, must mean the iron rod of the unfeeling and unloving despot."