rod

[ rod ]
/ rɒd /
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noun

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

Origin of rod

before 1150; Middle English rodd, late Old English; akin to Old Norse rudda club
Related formsrod·less, adjectiverod·like, adjective
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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

rod

/ (rɒd) /

noun

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

rod


n.
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Medicine definitions for rodlike

rod

[ rŏd ]

n.

A straight slender cylindrical formation.
A rod cell.
An elongated bacterium; a bacillus.
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Science definitions for rodlike

rod

[ rŏd ]

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

rod


see hot rod; spare the rod.

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