- 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
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Examples from the Web for tripod
He took his camera bag, but we thought walking with a tripod would not be a good idea, so we left it in the car.Israel's Secret Honor Killings
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West said he saw a massage table and video camera in the studio, attached to a tripod.‘Zumba Madam’ Allegedly Used Maine Dance Studio As Brothel and Made Videos of Customers
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And he brought a digital camera and a tripod to document his endeavors.D.C.'s New Beefcake
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He left the pot on a tripod on a bed of coals, ready for use.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
A searchlight was on a tripod at the center, and a spool of electric cable.Two Thousand Miles Below
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He was carrying a piece of machinery that looked like a camera on a tripod.
He dropped the tripod thing in a corner, and sidled toward me.
I spraddled the tripod purposely to keep it from being upset.Out of the Depths
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- 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
C17: via Latin from Greek tripod-, tripous three-footed, from tri- + pous foot
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Word Origin and History for tripod
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