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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

Fortune is the rod of the weak, and the staff of the brave.
James Russell Lowell

Throw away thy rod, throw away thy wrath; O my God, take the gentle path.
George Herbert

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

There is a difference between a convert who is built on the rock of Christ through the Book of Mormon and stays hold of that iron rod, and one who is not.
Ezra Taft Benson

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

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