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A rarely used unit of length in the U.S. system equal to five and a half feet.


A linear unit of measurement equal to 161/2 feet.

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I admired his hospitality, was pleased with his guns and rods, but I did not much care for his house and its atmosphere.
Oh, please, sir," broke in Tom, "the rod isn't mine.
Tom was flogged next morning, and a few days afterwards met Velveteens, and presented him with half a crown for giving up the rod claim, and they became sworn friends; and I regret to say that Tom had many more fish from under the willow that May-fly season, and was never caught again by Velveteens.
It is wonderful with what elaborateness this simple fact is advertised -- this piscine murder will out -- and from my distant perch I distinguish the circling undulations when they are half a dozen rods in diameter.
Creation,” said Natty, dropping the end of his rod into the water, and sweeping one hand around him in a circle, “all creation, lad.
In the meantime the wonderful divining rod, that great key to nature's secrets, was duly prepared.
The doctor had been no less carefully armed and accoutered by his housekeeper, the vigilant Frau Ilsy, and sallied forth in his camlet robe by way of surcoat,[1] his black velvet cap under his cocked hat, a thick clasped book under his arm, a basket of drugs and dried herbs in one hand, and in the other the miraculous rod of divination.
Oars, paddles, and fishing rods were leaning against the wall of the fort, a net was spread on the sand to dry, a skiff was drawn up on the beach, and at the door of his cabin was Mud Sam himself, indulging in the true negro luxury of sleeping in the sunshine.
The front end of the guide rod is grasped with the pliers, and pushed rearward to compress the spring and relax tension.
For the blind mice, Swaroop and other researchers would have to figure out how to make new rod cells.
Mature rod cells, by contrast, haven't integrated well with existing tissues.