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Rood \Rood\ (r[=oo]d), n. [AS. r[=o]d a cross; akin to OS. r[=o]da, D. roede rod, G. ruthe, rute, OHG. ruota. Cf. Rod a measure.]

  1. A representation in sculpture or in painting of the cross with Christ hanging on it.

    Note: Generally, the Trinity is represented, the Father as an elderly man fully clothed, with a nimbus around his head, and holding the cross on which the Son is represented as crucified, the Holy Spirit descending in the form of a dove near the Son's head. Figures of the Virgin Mary and of St. John are often placed near the principal figures.

    Savior, in thine image seen Bleeding on that precious rood.

  2. A measure of five and a half yards in length; a rod; a perch; a pole. [Prov. Eng.]

  3. The fourth part of an acre, or forty square rods.

    By the rood, by the cross; -- a phrase formerly used in swearing. ``No, by the rood, not so.''

    Rood beam (Arch.), a beam across the chancel of a church, supporting the rood.

    Rood loft (Arch.), a loft or gallery, in a church, on which the rood and its appendages were set up to view.

    Rood screen (Arch.), a screen, between the choir and the body of the church, over which the rood was placed.

    Rood tower (Arch.), a tower at the intersection of the nave and transept of a church; -- when crowned with a spire it was called also rood steeple.

    Rood tree, the cross. [Obs.] ``Died upon the rood tree.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English rod "pole," varying from 6 to 8 yards; also "cross," especially that upon which Christ suffered; "crucifix," especially a large one; also a measure of land, properly 40 square poles or perches, from Proto-Germanic *rod- (cognates: Old Saxon ruoda "stake, pile, cross," Old Frisian rode, Middle Dutch roede, Old High German ruota, German Rute "rod"), from PIE *ret- "post" (cognates: Latin ratis "raft," retae "trees standing on the bank of a stream;" Old Church Slavonic ratiste "spear, staff;" Lithuanian rekles "scaffolding"). Probably not connected with rod.\n


n. 1 (context archaic English) A crucifix, cross. 2 A measure of land area, equal to a quarter of an acre. 3 (context UK dialect obsolete English) A measure of five and a half yards in length.


n. representation of the cross on which Jesus died [syn: crucifix, rood-tree]


ROOD: jong in de SP ( Dutch: RED: Socialist Party youth) is a Dutch youth wing linked to the leftist (former maoïst) Socialist Party.

Rood (disambiguation)

A rood is a Christian cross or crucifix.

Rood may also refer to:

  • Rood (surname)
  • ROOD, a Dutch political youth organisation
  • Rood (unit), an English unit of length or area
  • Rood (Scots), a Scottish unit of area
  • "Rood" (song), a 2006 song by Marco Borsato
Rood (unit)

Rood has several distinct meanings, all derived from the same basic etymology.

This article refers to the historic English and international inch-pound measure of area, as well as the archaic English measure of length.

Rood (surname)

Rood is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Anson Rood, American politician
  • Denise Rood (born 1955), American violinist
  • John Rood (born 1968), American politician
  • Max Rood (1927-2001), Dutch legal scholar and politician
  • Ogden Rood (1831-1902), American physicist
  • Richard Rood (violinist) (born 1955), American violinist
  • Richard Rood (wrestler) or Rick Rude (1958-1999), professional wrestler
  • Richard B. Rood Scientist and Professor at University of Michigan
  • Theoderic Rood (fl. 1470s), English printer
Rood (song)

Rood ( English: Red) is a single by Dutch artist Marco Borsato from his album Symphonica in Rosso. The song was written and produced by John Ewbank. It reached the number-one position in both the Dutch charts (the Dutch Top 40 and the Mega Single Top 100) and the Flemish Ultratop 50.

Usage examples of "rood".

He saw the green cleft in the hills where the Aller came down from its distant wells, and the darker glen of the Rood where bent was exchanged for rock and heather.

Eline of ze duizelde, of het publiek, dol van bewondering, in een satanischen rondedans zou rondvliegen om den baryton, altijd even norsch en rood en plomp.

It would be well that you should doff camail and greaves, Sir Nigel, for, by the black rood!

Rood Hall looked lovely when they went back to it in the gloaming, an Elizabethan pile crowned with towers.

Low happened to arrive in a spell of bad weather, when nothing was visible about the lodge but a few roods of sodden lowland, and a curve of the yellow tumbling little river, and beyond a mirky outline of shouldering hills blurred by the ever-falling rain.

Curlews and peewits filled the moor with their crying, and as he began to descend into the Rood glen a lark--the first he had heard--rose to heaven with a flood of song.

Mark Riddel appeared to be for ever on the move, and the minister met him oftenest on the Rood road--generally in the early darkness.

Moorschen stijl beschilderd met vaalbonte tinten, met goud, verwelkt blauw, verschoten rood.

I saw Catti the Welshman yesterday on the Burford road, and old John Naps was at the Rood Fair on Barton Heath, and there is word of Pennyfarthing in the Cocking dingle.

He had built and endowed it and installed its twelve canons during his years as Subregulus, especially to enshrine the Holy Rood.

Rood released the two boneheads and let them forage on the cold ground.

As when he took the young bonehead cow, Rood felt relief from the guilt, the constant nagging doubts.

It would be well that you should doff camail and greaves, Sir Nigel, for, by the black rood!

The fame anon thurgh Rome toun is born How Alla kyng shal comen on pilgrymage, By herbergeours that wenten hym biforn, For which the Senatour, as was usage, Rood hym agayns, and many of his lynage, As wel to shewen his heighe magnificence As to doon any kyng a reverence.

And right anoon, withouten moore abood, His baner he desplayeth, and forth rood To Thebesward, and al his hoost biside, No neer Atthenes wolde he go ne ride, Ne take his ese fully half a day, But onward on his wey that nyght he lay- And sente anon Ypolita the queene, And Emelye, hir yonge suster sheene, Unto the toun of Atthenes to dwelle- And forth he rit.