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ROD, n. L. radius, ray, radix, root.
1. The shoot or long twig of any woody plant; a branch, or the stem of a shrub; as a rod of hazle, of birch, of oak or hickory. Hence,
2. An instrument of punishment or correction; chastisement.
I will chasten him with the rod of men. 2Sam. 7. Prov. 10.
3. Discipline; ecclesiastical censures. 1Cor. 4.
4. A king of scepter.
The rod and bird of peace.
5. A pole for angling; something long and slender.
6. An instrument for measuring; but more generally, a measure of length containing five yards, or sixteen feet and a half; a pole; a perch. In many parts of the United States, rod is universally used for pole or perch.
7. In Scripture, a staff or wand. 1Sam. 14.
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. Ps. 23.
9. A shepherd's crook. Lev. 27.
10. An instrument for threshing. Is. 28.
11. Power; authority. Ps. 125.
12. A tribe or race. Ps. 74.
Rod of iron, the mighty power of Christ. Rev. 19. Ps. 2.
"Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read" —Isaiah 34:16, KJV
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