rod

n.

  1. A straight and slender stick; a wand; hence, any slender bar, as of wood or metal (applied to various purposes).
  2. An instrument of punishment or correction; figuratively, chastisement.
  3. A kind of sceptor, or badge of office; hence, figuratively, power; authority; tyranny; oppression.
  4. A support for a fishing line; a fish pole.
  5. A member used in tension, as for sustaining a suspended weight, or in tension and compression, as for transmitting reciprocating motion, etc.; a connecting bar.
  6. An instrument for measuring.
  7. A measure of length containing sixteen and a half feet; -- called also perch, and pole.