- 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 stadium
A winning team may pack the stadium, but you need that packed stadium to get top recruits and sustain victories.
Getting students to games clearly has ramifications beyond the walls of the stadium.
Under Francis, the Church wants to bring people back into the stadium, as it were.Pope Francis Wins a Battle to Welcome Gays in the Church
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 20, 2014
Daniel Craig, in his finest Bond dinner jacket, called at the Palace and invited her to parachute into the stadium with him.Imagining Prince Charles as King Makes All of Britain Wish They Could Leave Like Scotland
September 17, 2014
I turned around and saw the US Navy Blue Angels about to buzz the stadium.San Fran Kisses Its 70,000-Person Toilet Goodbye
August 15, 2014
In October, 1920, the Stadium in this park was formally opened.McGill and its Story, 1821-1921
"I shall never boast about the stadium at Cambridge again," she said.Rafael in Italy
Etta Blaisdell McDonald
He wished to inspect them in the stadium, and they were now marching thither.A Thorny Path [Per Aspera], Complete
All of this was duly announced to the stadium and the excitement was intense.
By this time people were being removed from the stadium in all directions.
- 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 stadium
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).