[ stey-dee-uh ]
/ ˈsteɪ di ə /
a method of surveying in which distances are read by noting the interval on a graduated rod intercepted by two parallel cross hairs (stadia hairs or stadia wires) mounted in the telescope of a surveying instrument, the rod being placed at one end of the distance to be measured and the surveying instrument at the other.
pertaining to such a method of surveying.
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Origin of stadia1
First recorded in 1860–65; probably special use of stadia2
Words nearby stadia
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British Dictionary definitions for stadia-hairs (1 of 2)
/ (ˈsteɪdɪə) /
- 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
the two parallel cross hairs or stadia hairs in the eyepiece of the instrument used
the staff used
Word Origin for stadia
C19: probably from stadia ²
British Dictionary definitions for stadia-hairs (2 of 2)
/ (ˈsteɪdɪə) /
a plural of stadium
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