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[trahy-pod] /ˈtraɪ pɒd/
a stool, table, pedestal, etc., with three legs.
a three-legged stand or support, as for a camera or telescope.
the oracular seat of the priestess of Apollo at Delphi.
Origin of tripod
1595-1605; < Latin tripod- (stem of tripūs) < Greek tripod- (stem of trípous) orig., three-footed. See tri-, -pod Unabridged
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  • While he was thus reflecting he saw the kettle hoisted on the tripod, shining and glinting in the sun.

    Mad Shepherds L. P. Jacks
  • Pass a sling over the lashing and the tripod is ready for raising.

  • The cavity was approached with reverence; a tripod was placed over it; and a priestess or Pythia was appointed to preside.

    The Student's Mythology Catherine Ann White
  • He left the pot on a tripod on a bed of coals, ready for use.

  • He gets a pot from the hut and hangs it on a tripod over the fire, which is now burning brightly.

    The Admirable Crichton J. M. Barrie
  • A searchlight was on a tripod at the center, and a spool of electric cable.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
  • At the left of the press is a large kettle resting on a tripod.

British Dictionary definitions for tripod


an adjustable and usually collapsible three-legged stand to which a camera, etc, can be attached to hold it steady
a stand or table having three legs
Derived Forms
tripodal (ˈtrɪpədəl) adjective
Word Origin
C17: via Latin from Greek tripod-, tripous three-footed, from tri- + pous foot
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Word Origin and History for tripod

c.1600, "three-legged vessel," from Latin tripus (genitive tripodis), from Greek tripous (genitive tripodos) "a three-legged stool or table," literally "three-footed," from tri- "three" (see tri-) + pous (genitive podos) "foot" (see foot).

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