Definition of rod in English:
1A thin straight bar, especially of wood or metal.
- These elegantly diminutive, finely wrought sculptures employ curved, flat and linear shapes that perch upon thin metal rods.
- Approximately half of the tubes are filled with thin steel rods, which radiate outward to varying lengths.
- In the living room, a chainmail curtain hung from a metal rod is a fireguard for the aluminium clad fireplace.
1.1A wand or staff as a symbol of office, authority, or power.
- She's all about the discipline of the rod and the power of a dollar.
- Chiron raises two fingers in the standard antique gesture of a teacher while holding a rod in his other hand.
- There were also numerous pictures of Cadere, youthful and earnest, a modern shaman with rod in hand.
1.2A slender straight stick or shoot growing on or cut from a tree or bush.
1.5 vulgar slang A penis.
3 historical A linear measure, especially for land, equal to 5 1/2 yards (approximately 5.029 m).
- Nineteen gallons of water is required to fill the tank after traveling 40 rods.
- A few rods further on the field dipped into a low area and I went through a small patch of green smartweed.
3.1 (also square rod) A square measure, especially for land, equal to 160th of an acre or 30 1/4 square yards (approximately 25.29 sq m).
- Third, the city's offer of twenty guilders per rod was only half what the land would be worth once the tapestry pand brought more business to the area.
5 Anatomy A light-sensitive cell of one of the two types present in large numbers in the retina of the eye, responsible mainly for monochrome vision in poor light. Compare with cone (sense 3).
- Messing with our rods and cones, Downing's saturated dots stick around perceptually in afterimages.
- Be warned, if you sit too close to the screen, the TV may do permanent damage to your rods and cones.
late Old English rodd 'slender shoot growing on or cut from a tree', also 'straight stick or bundle of twigs used to inflict punishment'; probably related to Old Norse rudda 'club'.
ride the rods
- see ride.
rule someone or something with a rod of iron
- Control or govern someone or something very strictly or harshly.Example sentences
- I learned through gossip that she ruled her family with a rod of iron and she controlled the purse strings to her fortune.
- The prosecution claims that he was a father of very strong tradition who ruled his home with a rod of iron.
- For now, the man who has ruled the country with a rod of iron for more than three decades can sleep relatively soundly.
spare the rod and spoil the child
- proverb If children are not physically punished when they do wrong, their personal development will suffer.Example sentences
- I am of 1920s vintage and in those days it was spare the rod and spoil the child and children should be seen and not heard.
- You see, being traditional Chinese, my parents believed in the notion ‘spare the rod and spoil the child’.
- He was a man of his time, when the philosophy was ‘spare the rod and spoil the child’ - very different from today.
- Example sentences
- The plate is suspended from an oversized rodless cylinder capable of ejecting an off-spec bag and returning to the ‘home’ position.
- Its suit claimed that products from the pneumatics manufacturer infringed on two of his patents for magnetically coupled rodless pistons.
- Example sentences
- This membrane has an ultrastructure consisting of a mosaic of 10-nm-wide parallel rodlets.
- Patches of adsorbed rodlets were observed on the substrate during AFM visualization of B. thuringiensis spores.
- In studies of class I hydrophobin rodlets it has been estimated that the rodlet diameters range from 2 to 15 nm, which is also within the range of some other amyloid proteins.
- Example sentences
- The former can be considered as a two-dimensional superlattice structure, which contains between 10 and 30 rod-like aggregates.
- Mercerized cotton is treated to permanently straighten the cotton fibers which then becomes a smooth, rod-like fiber that is uniform in appearance with a high luster.
- A rod-like device, sometimes made of expandable metal mesh, is used to prop open a narrowed artery, typically as part of an angioplasty procedure.