Definition of podium in English:

podium

Line breaks: po¦dium
Pronunciation: /ˈpəʊdɪəm
 
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noun (plural podiums or podia /ˈpəʊdɪə/)

1A small platform on which a person may stand to be seen by an audience, as when making a speech or conducting an orchestra: he was at the podium facing an expectant conference crowd
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  • A seemingly proud Hilary Modeste stood at the podium to deliver his speech for the evening.
  • One needs only to imagine the American professor standing at the podium before a Muslim audience.
  • Change does not come from above: it's not the result of speeches from podiums - it's the outcome of the way people conduct their lives.
Synonyms
1.1North American A lectern: I took the score out of my briefcase and put it on the podium
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  • There was a desk, some chairs, a podium, and a screen on the back wall.
  • Stepping aside to allow the president through, Cindy Collins took her seat in a folding chair behind the podium.
  • The hostess nodded and motioned for them to follow her, moving from the podium, past two tables of diners and to a small two person table.
1.2(In some sporting events) a structure consisting of three adjacent platforms of different heights, on which the competitors finishing in first, second, and third places receive their awards: it was more than I could imagine to be up on the podium and singing the national anthem
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  • The gymnast amazed the audience by performing a handstand after mounting the podium to accept her award.
  • "I'm a little shocked at the moment, it hasn't sunk in," he said before going up on the podium to accept his gold.
  • I would not be totally surprised to see him on the podium to collect a medal in the Irish Championships which would be a great breakthrough for a young athlete who has unlimited potential.
1.3A continuous projecting base or pedestal under a building: a six columned portico raised on a podium
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  • With the exception of the lowest level - where the concrete forms a stepped podium for the building - it is clad with metal and glass.
  • In the foreground there were screens of columns standing on a projecting podium and supporting an entablature.
  • We ended up building on a podium on the west side.
1.4A projecting lower structure around the base of a tower block.
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  • The parallel inventions of lifts and mechanical air-conditioning in the building industry allowed the vertical stacking of patient accommodation atop podiums.
  • Some tall buildings sit on a podium or a base of two or three storeys containing shops or offices if they are in a central business/retail area.
1.5A raised platform surrounding the arena in an ancient amphitheatre.
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  • The keep, begun about 1074-6, incorporates much Roman masonry and was raised on the concrete podium of the Roman temple.
  • The donjon was located on the podium of the former Roman temple of Claudius, also the site of a Late Saxon villa regalis.

verb

[no object] chiefly US Back to top  
(Of a competitor in a sporting event) finish first, second, or third, so as to appear on a podium to receive an award: older riders who expected to podium may find themselves racing against other riders who are years younger
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  • Coming Down Under to train and race for the last few seasons, he is known as a strong athlete and in 1999 podiumed in the World Cup here.
  • I realized it was not worth it to go out and run the 1,600 if there was a chance I wouldn't podium.
  • Four years ago at the Turin Games, skiers and snowboarders could be heard talking casually about their hopes to podium.

Origin

mid 18th century: via Latin from Greek podion, diminutive of pous, pod- 'foot'.

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