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ROD

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does rod mean? 

ROD (noun)
  The noun ROD has 6 senses:

1. a linear measure of 16.5 feet
2. a long thin implement made of metal or wood
3. any rod-shaped bacterium
4. a square rod of land
5. visual receptor cell sensitive to dim light
6. a gangster's pistol

  Familiarity information: ROD used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


ROD (noun)


Sense 1rod [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A linear measure of 16.5 feet

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

rod; perch; pole

Hypernyms ("rod" is a kind of...):

linear unit (a unit of measurement of length)

Meronyms (parts of "rod"):

pace; yard (a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride)

Domain region:

Britain; GB; Great Britain; U.K.; UK; United Kingdom; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland)

Holonyms ("rod" is a part of...):

furlong (a unit of length equal to 220 yards)


Sense 2rod [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A long thin implement made of metal or wood

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("rod" is a kind of...):

implement (instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "rod"):

wand (a rod used by a magician or water diviner)

tie rod (either of two rods that link the steering gear to the front wheels)

stair-rod (a rod that holds a stair-carpet in the angle between two steps)

shaft (a long rod or pole (especially the handle of an implement or the body of a weapon like a spear or arrow))

rotating shaft; shaft (a revolving rod that transmits power or motion)

ramrod (a rod used to clean the barrel of a firearm)

ramrod (a rod used to ram the charge into a muzzle-loading firearm)

pole (a long (usually round) rod of wood or metal or plastic)

fishing pole; fishing rod (a rod of wood or steel or fiberglass that is used in fishing to extend the fishing line)

control rod (a steel or aluminum rod that can be moved up or down to control the rate of the nuclear reaction)

connecting rod (a rod that transmits motion (especially one that connects a rotating wheel to a reciprocating shaft))

baton (a hollow metal rod that is wielded or twirled by a drum major or drum majorette)

baton; wand (a thin tapered rod used by a conductor to lead an orchestra or choir)


Sense 3rod [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any rod-shaped bacterium

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("rod" is a kind of...):

bacteria; bacterium ((microbiology) single-celled or noncellular spherical or spiral or rod-shaped organisms lacking chlorophyll that reproduce by fission; important as pathogens and for biochemical properties; taxonomy is difficult; often considered plants)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "rod"):

streptobacillus (any of various rod-shaped Gram-negative bacteria)


Sense 4rod [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A square rod of land

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

perch; rod; pole

Hypernyms ("rod" is a kind of...):

area unit; square measure (a system of units used to measure areas)


Sense 5rod [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Visual receptor cell sensitive to dim light

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

rod cell; retinal rod; rod

Hypernyms ("rod" is a kind of...):

visual cell (one of the cells of the retina that is sensitive to light)

Meronyms (parts of "rod"):

retinal purple; rhodopsin; visual purple (a red photopigment in the retinal rods of vertebrates; dissociates into retinene by light)

Holonyms ("rod" is a part of...):

retina (the light-sensitive membrane covering the back wall of the eyeball; it is continuous with the optic nerve)


Sense 6rod [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A gangster's pistol

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

gat; rod

Hypernyms ("rod" is a kind of...):

handgun; pistol; shooting iron; side arm (a firearm that is held and fired with one hand)

Domain usage:

argot; cant; jargon; lingo; patois; slang; vernacular (a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves))


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