Synonyms of 'rod'
1 stickDictionary, bar, pole
reinforced with steel rods
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A bar is a long, straight, stiff piece of metal.
a crowd throwing stones and iron bars
A baton is a short heavy stick which is sometimes used as a weapon by the police.
I could see a baton being used vigorously.
Thesaurus for rod from the Collins English Thesaurus
A rod is a long, thin metal or wooden bar .