verb (used with object), rod·ded, rod·ding.

Nearby words

  1. rocky mountain states,
  2. rocky mountain whitefish,
  3. rocky mountains,
  4. rocky river,
  5. rococo,
  6. rod bolt,
  7. rod cell,
  8. rod granule,
  9. rod mill,
  10. rodchenko

Origin of rod

before 1150; Middle English rodd, late Old English; akin to Old Norse rudda club

Related formsrod·less, adjectiverod·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rodlike

  • A score of rodlike arms projected from the main trunk, arms that were equipped for nearly every purpose.

  • One aimed a rodlike contrivance at him, and there was another flare of light.

    The Secret of the Ninth Planet|Donald Allen Wollheim
  • The rodlike part is called the hypocotyl (meaning under the cotyledons).

    A Civic Biology|George William Hunter

British Dictionary definitions for rodlike



a slim cylinder of metal, wood, etc; stick or shaft
a switch or bundle of switches used to administer corporal punishment
any of various staffs of insignia or office
power, esp of a tyrannical kinda dictator's iron rod
a straight slender shoot, stem, or cane of a woody plant
Also called: pole, perch
  1. a unit of length equal to 5 1/2 yards
  2. a unit of square measure equal to 30 1/4 square yards
a straight narrow board marked with the dimensions of a piece of joinery, as the spacing of steps on a staircase
a metal shaft that transmits power in axial reciprocating motionpiston rod, con(necting) rod Compare shaft (def. 5)
surveying another name (esp US) for staff 1 (def. 8)
Also called: retinal rod any of the elongated cylindrical cells in the retina of the eye, containing the visual purple (rhodopsin), which are sensitive to dim light but not to colourCompare cone (def. 5)
any rod-shaped bacterium
a slang word for penis
US slang name for pistol (def. 1)
short for hot rod
Derived Formsrodlike, adjective

Word Origin for rod

Old English rodd; related to Old Norse rudda club, Norwegian rudda, rydda twig

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Word Origin and History for rodlike


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Medicine definitions for rodlike




A straight slender cylindrical formation.
A rod cell.
An elongated bacterium; a bacillus.

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Science definitions for rodlike



One of the rod-shaped cells in the retina of the eye of many vertebrate animals. Rods are more sensitive to light than cones and are responsible for the ability to see in dim light. However, rods are insensitive to red wavelengths of light and do not contribute greatly to the perception of color. Compare cone.
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Idioms and Phrases with rodlike


see hot rod; spare the rod.

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