- a method of surveying in which distances are read by noting the interval on a graduated rod intercepted by two parallel cross hairs (stadia hairs or stadia wires) mounted in the telescope of a surveying instrument, the rod being placed at one end of the distance to be measured and the surveying instrument at the other.
- pertaining to such a method of surveying.
Origin of stadia1
- a plural of stadium.
- a sports arena, usually oval or horseshoe-shaped, with tiers of seats for spectators.
- an ancient Greek course for foot races, typically semicircular, with tiers of seats for spectators.
- an ancient Greek and Roman unit of length, the Athenian unit being equal to about 607 feet (185 meters).
- a stage in a process or in the life of an organism.
- Entomology. stage(def 11b).
Origin of stadium
Examples from the Web for stadia
I think the way we play the World Cup will define a lot of things that will happen outside the stadia.Brazil’s World Cup Is An Expensive, Exploitative Nightmare
May 30, 2014
The island in which the palace was situated had a diameter of five stadia.Critias
The river is distant from the mountains of the Carduchi about six or seven stadia.
The stadia were places in the form of circi, for the running of men and horses.Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology
Charles K. Dillaway
The port, however, is always calm, and in magnitude about thirty stadia.Early Travels in Palestine
Arculf et al.
The width of the Isthmus is much more than 300 stadia: it is about seventy-two miles.Plutarch's Lives, Volume IV
- tacheometry that makes use of a telescopic surveying instrument and a graduated staff calibrated to correspond with the distance from the observer
- (as modifier)stadia surveying
- the two parallel cross hairs or stadia hairs in the eyepiece of the instrument used
- the staff used
- a plural of stadium
- a sports arena with tiered seats for spectators
- (in ancient Greece) a course for races, usually located between two hills providing natural slopes for tiers of seats
- an ancient Greek measure of length equivalent to about 607 feet or 184 metres
- (in many arthropods) the interval between two consecutive moultings
- obsolete a particular period or stage in the development of a disease
Word Origin and History for stadia
late 14c., "a foot race, an ancient measure of length," from Latin stadium "a measure of length, a race course" (commonly one-eighth of a Roman mile; translated in early English Bibles by furlong), from Greek stadion "a measure of length, a running track," especially the track at Olympia, which was one stadium in length.
The Greek word might literally mean "fixed standard of length" (from stadios "firm, fixed," from PIE root *sta- "to stand"), or it may be from spadion, from span "to draw up, pull," with form influenced by stadios.
The meaning "running track," recorded in English from c.1600, was extended to mean in modern-day context "large, open oval structure with tiers of seats for viewing sporting events" (1834).