Origin of stadia1
noun, plural sta·di·ums, sta·di·a [stey-dee-uh] /ˈsteɪ di ə/.
Origin of stadium
Related Words for stadiafield, gymnasium, amphitheater, garden, diamond, coliseum, bowl, ring, pit, strand, gridiron, stade
Examples from the Web for stadia
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of stadia
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
Word Origin for stadia
noun plural -diums or -dia (-dɪə)
Word Origin 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).