Origin of stadia1
Definition for stadia (2 of 3)
Definition for stadia (3 of 3)
noun, plural sta·di·ums, sta·di·a [stey-dee-uh] /ˈsteɪ di ə/.
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|Vac Verikaitis|May 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The whole voyage along the Messenian coast comprises about 800 stadia, including the measurement of the bays.
At the equator the sun was supposed in every hour to traverse a distance of thirty stadia.The History of Antiquity, Vol. I (of VI)|Max Duncker
As I ascended it, the ruins of the circuit of the foundation were apparent, which gave a circumference of about 85 stadia.
The distance from Utica to the Straits of Gades is 8800 stadia, and by fast vessels can be accomplished in about a week.The Adventures of Captain Mago|Lon Cahun
From Ludias to the city Pella the river is navigated upwards to the distance of 20 stadia.
British Dictionary definitions for stadia (1 of 3)
- 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
British Dictionary definitions for stadia (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for stadia (3 of 3)
noun plural -diums or -dia (-dɪə)
Word Origin for stadium
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).