Definition of tripod in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrīpäd/


1A three-legged stand for supporting a camera or other apparatus.
Example sentences
  • If you can, use a tripod or other camera support to achieve sharpness, pack filters for a gloomy day and experiment.
  • So, I headed back to the house for my tripod, camera and zoom lens.
  • Another great visual effect is to put the camera on the tripod and use a zoom lens.
2 archaic A stool, table, or cauldron resting on three legs.
Example sentences
  • High tripod side tables are appropriate next to the sofa or love seat for country home decor.
  • Attributions are based largely on four documented sets of Chippendale style chairs and a tripod table.
  • The hall is lit by numerous great torch torches, towering over the tables on tripods.
2.1 historical The bronze altar at Delphi on which a priestess sat to utter oracles.
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  • The Pythia were priestesses of Apollo who would sit in a tripod or throne over a crevice in the earth.
  • The legend of Heracles is also present at Delphi, when the great hero stole the "Tripod of the Oracle".
  • After the victory over the Persians in 479 B. C. the Greeks offered this tripod at the oracle of Delphi, from where it was brought to Byzantium.



Pronunciation: /trīˈpōdl/
Example sentences
  • The tetrapodomorph scapulocoracoid is typically a relatively slight, tripodal structure on the inner surface of the cleithrum.
  • This is one of three legs of the tripodal scapulocoracoid.
  • The scapulocoracoid is still tripodal, but it is massive and the large foramina present in Eusthenopteron are almost closed.


Early 17th century: via Latin from Greek tripous, tripod-, from tri- 'three' + pous, pod- 'foot'.

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