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Definition of Rod


  1. A straight and slender stick; a wand; hence, any slender bar, as of wood or metal (applied to various purposes).
  2. An instrument of punishment or correction; figuratively, chastisement.
  3. A kind of sceptor, or badge of office; hence, figuratively, power; authority; tyranny; oppression.
  4. A support for a fishing line; a fish pole.
  5. 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.
  6. An instrument for measuring.
  7. A measure of length containing sixteen and a half feet; -- called also perch, and pole.

Rod Quotations

I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph.
Ken Kesey

I don't think people expect Bruce Springsteen to come out in a pink satin jacket, but Rod Stewart, they do. And I like doing it; I don't wear it just because I think I have to. I'm a very flamboyant person.
Rod Stewart

When you think about rock at its origin, and you think of the Beatles and millions of kids screaming as loud as they can and running as fast as they can towards the Beatles, there's no one who is that kind of lightning rod, who commands that kind of power and has that kind of creative magma.
Jack Black

As an actor you become that lighting rod between the person who made the play and the audience.
Christopher Walken

Me, I'm spiritually retarded, I need to be knee deep in water with a fly rod in my hands, that's about as close to God as I get.
Steve Earle
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Rod Translations

rod in Dutch is baar, roede, paal, schacht, pijp
rod in German is Stab, Rute, faulen, Rute, verfaulen
rod in Italian is marcire, verga, marcire
rod in Latin is talea, virga
rod in Norwegian is stang
rod in Portuguese is haste
rod in Spanish is vara, pudrir