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Definition of rod:

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

Synonyms:

celestial pole, cockpit, cudgel, bat, dragnet, fishing line, bastinado, bait, gat, drift net, slab, fishing rod, bludgeon, rod cell, shillelagh, twig, spike, filament, baton, spring, length, bloom, terminal, scepter, retinal rod, mace, stave, creel, drifter, cylinder, waddy, billy, rung, stock, trunk, thread, wand, thing, magnetic pole, billy club, sap, nightstick, billet, strip, string, decoy, barb, perch, pole, pin.

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