podium: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (pō'dē-um), [key]
— pl. -di•ums, -di•a
  1. a small platform for the conductor of an orchestra, for a public speaker, etc.
    1. a low wall forming a base for a construction, as a colonnade or dome.
    2. a stereobate for a classical temple, esp. one with perpendicular sides.
    3. the masonry supporting a classical temple.
    4. a raised platform surrounding the arena of an ancient Roman amphitheater having on it the seats of privileged spectators.
  2. lectern.
  3. a counter or booth, as one at an airport for handling tickets or dispensing information.
  4. a foot.
  5. a footstalk or stipe.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a combining form meaning “footlike part” of an organism, used in the formation of compound words: monopodium; pseudo-podium.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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