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bacillary rod-shaped. [1/2 definitions]
bacillus any rod-shaped bacterium that is active only in the presence of oxygen, or one composed of a chain of rod-shaped elements. [1/2 definitions]
ball joint a mechanical joint, often found in tools and machines, in which the ball-shaped end of a rod or pipe is fitted into a hollow socket, enabling the inserted part to rotate freely in any direction.
baton a thin rod or stick used by a conductor in leading an orchestra. [2/4 definitions]
birch a rod or bound twigs from this tree, used as a whip. [2/5 definitions]
bolt1 a strong metal fastening rod with a shaped head at one end and a blunt threaded screw at the other, used with a matching threaded nut. [2/14 definitions]
brush1 one of a pair of devices for playing the drums, consisting of a rod with many rigid steel wires attached to the end in a fan shape. [1/8 definitions]
carbon in a battery, a rod or plate composed partly of carbon. [1/7 definitions]
clevis a U-shaped piece of metal attached to a rod or chain, with a hole for a pin or bolt, and used to attach one object to another in order to pull it.
coat hanger a piece of wire or other material shaped for hanging a piece of clothing and suspending it, as from a rod or hook.
connecting rod a rod that links a rotating part of a machine to a reciprocating part, such as a crankshaft to a piston.
control rod a rod or bar in a nuclear reactor that contains a neutron-absorbing material, and that is lowered into or raised from the core to control the fission chain reaction.
crank a mechanical device for applying rotary motion, consisting of a lever arm or disk attached at right angles to the end of a rotating shaft and turned by hand or connecting rod. [1/6 definitions]
crankpin a bar or cylindrical pin positioned in a crank and having a connecting rod or link attached.
crosstie a transverse timber or rod used to support a longitudinal beam or rail. [1/2 definitions]
crowbar a heavy steel bar or rod, often with a flattened and bent end, that is designed to be used as a lever.
curling iron a metal implement in the form of a rod that is heated, around which hair is wrapped in order to curl or wave it.
cylinder head of the cylinder in an internal-combustion engine, the closed, often detachable end opposite to that from which the piston or connecting rod projects.
dead center the maximum or minimum extension of a crank and connecting rod in a reciprocating engine, in which both are in a straight line and the connecting rod cannot turn the crank. [1/2 definitions]
dipstick a rod with graduated markings used to measure the depth of a liquid, such as oil in an automobile crankcase.
divine to find (a source of water) by use of a forked rod that is believed to be drawn toward the source. [1/12 definitions]