noun a visual receptor cell that is sensitive to dim light
rod cell; retinal rod.
noun a gangster's pistol
The same word as rood. See Rood.
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. "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.
A measure of length containing sixteen and a half feet; -- called also perch, and pole.