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podium

[poh-dee-uh m]
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noun, plural po·di·ums, po·di·a [poh-dee-uh] /ˈpoʊ di ə/.
  1. a small platform for the conductor of an orchestra, a public speaker, the recipient of a sports medal, etc.
  2. Architecture.
    1. a low wall forming a base for a construction, as a colonnade or dome.
    2. a stereobate for a classical temple, especially one with perpendicular sides.
    3. the masonry supporting a classical temple.
    4. a raised platform surrounding the arena of an ancient Roman amphitheater having on it the seats of privileged spectators.
  3. lectern.
  4. a counter or booth, as one at an airport for handling tickets or dispensing information.
  5. Zoology, Anatomy. a foot.
  6. Botany. a footstalk or stipe.
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verb (used without object)
  1. (in a sports competition) to finish first, second, or third and receive an award while standing on a podium: He’s podiumed in five of his past six races.
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Origin of podium

1605–15; < Latin: “elevated place, balcony” < Greek pódion “little foot,” equivalent to pod- pod- + -ion diminutive suffix. See pew
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Historical Examples

  • The temples were built on lofty platforms (podia), to give them a more commanding appearance.

    Rambles in Rome

    S. Russell Forbes


British Dictionary definitions for podia

podium

noun plural -diums or -dia (-dɪə)
  1. a small raised platform used by lecturers, orchestra conductors, etc; dais
  2. a plinth that supports a colonnade or wall
  3. a low wall surrounding the arena of an ancient amphitheatre
  4. zoology
    1. the terminal part of a vertebrate limb
    2. any footlike organ, such as the tube foot of a starfish
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin: platform, balcony, from Greek podion little foot, from pous foot
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Word Origin and History for podia

podium

n.

1743, "raised platform around an ancient arena," also "projecting base of a pedestal," from Latin podium "raised platform," from Greek podion "foot of a vase," diminutive of pous (genitive podos) "foot" (see foot (n.)). Meaning "raised platform at the front of a hall or stage" is from 1947.

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