leveling rod

noun Surveying.
rod ( def 19 ).


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Measurements can be made of virtually any leveling rod scale with scribed,
  engraved, or painted graduations.
We will use a laser level and leveling rod to measure the relative changes in
  the stream bed elevation along each stream reach.
All staff learned to use equipment needed to conduct surveys, such as viewing
  through a transit level or holding a leveling rod.
Since leveling rod graduations come in a wide variety of patterns, the crew
  must become familiar with the specific rod used.
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