Etymology: Abbreviated form of "Rodney" and of "Roderick", both with roots originating from Germanic hrÅd ("fame")
- (given name, male)
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- A straight round stick, shaft or bar.
- The circus strong man proved his strength by bending an iron , and then straightening it again.
- (context, fishing) A long slender pole used for angling.
- When I realized that I had hooked a snake and not a fish, I got so scared I dropped my in the water.
- A stick or swich or rather a bundle of switches or twigs, used for lashing someone, especially as a corporal punishment, often metonymically called the rod.
- The judge imposed a sentence of fifteen strokes with the rod for the thief.
- A stick used to measure length; a measuring rod.
- I fashioned a to measure the length of rope to cut by filing a notch at the proper yardage.
- (archaic) A unit of length. Equal to a pole, a perch, Â¼ chain or 5Â½ yards.
- 1865: s:Author:Henry David Thoreau, Henry David Thoreau, Cape Cod http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=617578738&tag=Thoreau,+Henry+David:+Cape+Cod,+1865&query=+rods+long&id=ThoCape
- : In one of the villages I saw the next summer a cow tethered by a rope six rods long...
- (archaic) A unit of area equal to a square rod, 30Â¼ square yards or 1/160 acre.
- The house had a small yard of about six rods in size.
- A straight bar that connects moving parts of a machine; a connecting rod.
- The engine threw a , and then went to pieces before our eyes, springs and coils shooting in all directions.
- (context, anatomy) Rod-shaped cells in the eye that are sensitive to light.
- The cells are more sensitive than the cones, but do not discern color.
- (context, biology) Any of a number of long, slender microorganisms.
- He applied a gram positive stain, looking for rods indicative of Listeria.
- (slang) A pistol; a gun.
- (slang) A penis.
- Short for hot rod, a car modified to run faster, especially one based on a pre-1940s model.
Etymology: from Old English rodd, Norse rudda
- German: Stí¤bchen
- Spanish: barra
- Dutch: roede
- French: verge
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