[ poh-dee-uhm ]
/ ˈpoʊ di əm /
noun, plural po·di·ums, po·di·a [poh-dee-uh]. /ˈpoʊ di ə/.
a small platform for the conductor of an orchestra, a public speaker, the recipient of a sports medal, etc.
- a low wall forming a base for a construction, as a colonnade or dome.
- a stereobate for a classical temple, especially one with perpendicular sides.
- the masonry supporting a classical temple.
- a raised platform surrounding the arena of an ancient Roman amphitheater having on it the seats of privileged spectators.
a counter or booth, as one at an airport for handling tickets or dispensing information.
Zoology, Anatomy. a foot.
Botany. a footstalk or stipe.
verb (used without object)
(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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Definition for podium (2 of 2)
a combining form meaning “footlike part” of an organism, used in the formation of compound words: monopodium; pseudo-podium.
Origin of -podium
From New Latin; see origin at podium
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Example sentences from the Web for podium
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 podium (1 of 2)
/ (ˈpəʊdɪəm) /
noun plural -diums or -dia (-dɪə)
a small raised platform used by lecturers, orchestra conductors, etc; dais
a plinth that supports a colonnade or wall
a low wall surrounding the arena of an ancient amphitheatre
- the terminal part of a vertebrate limb
- any footlike organ, such as the tube foot of a starfish
Word Origin for podium
C18: from Latin: platform, balcony, from Greek podion little foot, from pous foot
British Dictionary definitions for podium (2 of 2)
n combining form
a part resembling a footpseudopodium
Word Origin for -podium
from New Latin: footlike; see podium
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