Learn how to say Rod correctly in English with this tutorial pronunciation video.
Oxford dictionary definition of the word rod:
1a thin straight bar, especially of wood or metal:
concrete walls reinforced with steel rods
a curtain rod
a wand or staff as a symbol of office, authority, or power:
the royal insignia included the ring, the sceptre, and the rod
a slender straight stick or shoot growing on or cut from a tree or bush:
the roof is formed of willow and hazel rods woven between willow rafters
a stick used for caning or flogging:
he swung the rod again in a threatening arc
(the rod) the use of a stick as punishment:
if you’d been my daughter, you’d have felt the rod
vulgar slang a man’s penis.
2a fishing rod:
he hooked an enormous fish which almost pulled the rod from out of his hands
the largest carp ever caught on rod and line in Britain
over a hundred rods turned out for the day, including some famous names
3 historical, chiefly Britishanother term for perch3 (sense 1).
(also square rod)another term for perch3 (sense 2).
4US informal a pistol or revolver.
5 Anatomy a light-sensitive cell of one of the two types present in large numbers in the retina of the eye, responsible mainly for monochrome vision in poor light. Compare with cone (sense 3 of the noun).
kiss the rod
make a rod for one’s own back
do something likely to cause difficulties for oneself later.
rule with a rod of iron
control or govern very strictly or harshly:
she ruled their lives with a rod of iron
spare the rod and spoil the child
proverb if children are not physically punished when they do wrong their personal development will suffer.
late Old English rodd ‘slender shoot growing on or cut from a tree’, also ‘straight stick or bundle of twigs used to inflict punishment’; probably related to Old Norse rudda ‘club’