What is rod?

The rod is an old English measure of distance. One rod equals to 16.5 feet (5.029 metres).  The rod is useful as a unit of length because whole number multiples of it can form one acre of square measure.

The word rod derives from Old English rodd and is akin to Old Norse rudda. A rod is the same length as a perch, also sometimes called a pole which is measured using cordage or wood, slightly antedated the use of both rods and surveyors chains, made of more dimensionally regular materials.

You can convert from rod to other length unit using the following table:

kilometer (km) 0.005029
meter (m) 5.029
decimeter (dm) 50.29
centimeter (cm) 502.9
millimeter (mm) 5,029
micrometre (micron) 5,029,200
nanometer (nm) 5,029,200,038
ångström 50,292,000,383
league 0.001042
mile (mi) 0.003125
land 0.003125
furlong 0.025
bolt 0.1375
chain 0.25
pole 1
perch 1
yard (yd) 5.5
foot (ft) 16.5
span 22
hand 49.5
inch (in) 198
line 2,376
mil 198,000
microinch 198,000,000


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