What is rod?

The rod is a unit used to measure distance. It is an old English unit. Rod is the same length as a perch (pole). perch is measured using cordage or wood.

One rod equals to 16.5 feet (5.029 metres).  The idiom “rod” is derived from the old English rodd.

Since 1965, rod has been legalized as a unit of measurement in the united kingdom.

Nowadays, the use of rod is not common but Some fields are still using it such as:

  • the acquisition of pipeline easements.
  • maps measure portages
  • recreational canoeing
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