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Definition 1: any rod-shaped bacterium - [noun denoting animal]

(rod is a kind of ...) (microbiology) single-celled or noncellular spherical or spiral or rod-shaped organisms lacking chlorophyll that reproduce by fission; important as pathogens and for biochemical properties; taxonomy is difficult; often considered to be plants

(... is a kind of rod ) any of various rod-shaped Gram-negative bacteria

Definition 2: a long thin implement made of metal or wood - [noun denoting artifact]

(rod is a kind of ...) instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end

(... is a kind of rod ) a thin tapered rod used by a conductor to lead an orchestra or choir

(... is a kind of rod ) either of two rods that link the steering gear to the front wheels

(... is a kind of rod ) a rod that holds a stair-carpet in the angle between two steps

(... is a kind of rod ) a long rod or pole (especially the handle of an implement or the body of a weapon like a spear or arrow)

(... is a kind of rod ) a revolving rod that transmits power or motion

(... is a kind of rod ) a rod used to clean the barrel of a firearm

(... is a kind of rod ) a rod used to ram the charge into a muzzle-loading firearm

(... is a kind of rod ) a long (usually round) rod of wood or metal or plastic

(... is a kind of rod ) a swiveling metal rod attached to a bicycle or motorcycle or other two-wheeled vehicle; the rod lies horizontally when not in use but can be kicked into a vertical position as a support to hold the vehicle upright when it is not being ridden

(... is a kind of rod ) a rod of wood or steel or fiberglass that is used in fishing to extend the fishing line

(... is a kind of rod ) a steel or aluminum rod that can be moved up or down to control the rate of the nuclear reaction

(... is a kind of rod ) a rod that transmits motion (especially one that connects a rotating wheel to a reciprocating shaft)

(... is a kind of rod ) a hollow metal rod that is wielded or twirled by a drum major or drum majorette

(... is a kind of rod ) a rod used by a magician or water diviner

Definition 3: a gangster's pistol - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for rod in the sense of this definition

(rod is a kind of ...) a firearm that is held and fired with one hand

(rod is used in the usage domain ...) a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)

"they don't speak our lingo"

Definition 4: a visual receptor cell that is sensitive to dim light - [noun denoting body]

Synonyms for rod in the sense of this definition

(rod is a kind of ...) one of the cells of the retina that is sensitive to light

(rod is a part of ...) a red photopigment in the retinal rods of vertebrates; dissociates into retinene by light

(... is part of rod) the innermost light-sensitive membrane covering the back wall of the eyeball; it is continuous with the optic nerve

Definition 5: a linear measure of 16.5 feet - [noun denoting quantity]

Synonyms for rod in the sense of this definition

(rod is a kind of ...) a unit of measurement of length

(rod is a part of ...) a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride

(... is part of rod) a unit of length equal to 220 yards

(rod belongs to a domain located in ...) a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom

Definition 6: a square rod of land - [noun denoting quantity]

Synonyms for rod in the sense of this definition

(rod is a kind of ...) a system of units used to measure areas

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