noun (plural stadiums or stadia /ˈsteɪdɪə/)
- 1An athletic or sports ground with tiers of seats for spectators.More example sentences
- In fact, it would be a fair point to state that mandatory seating in Premier League stadia has played a role in lessening trouble in the stands.
- Clusters of empty seats throughout the stadium were evidence that some had not overcome their disappointment.
- A result of the Taylor recommendations following the Hillsborough disaster was that football stadia should provide seating for all spectators.
- 1.1(In ancient Rome or Greece) a track for a foot race or chariot race.More example sentences
- Caligula was murdered by his own guard while exiting from the stadium of some public games.
- The stadium was the home of the ancient Olympics until they were stopped in 393AD.
- The plans were sparked by the astonishing discovery of a Roman stadium at Colchester Garrison.
- 2 (plural stadia) An ancient Roman or Greek measure of length, about 185 metres (originally the length of a stadium).More example sentences
- Of course how accurate this value is depends on the length of the stadium and scholars have argued over this for a long time.
- The long and short of it: aunes, cubits, leagues, palms, stadia - old-fashioned units of measurement make it hard to do science.
- He then marked off where the lines of longitude crossed the parallel of Rhodes, taking 400 stadia per degree.
late Middle English (in sense 2): via Latin from Greek stadion. Sense 1 dates from the mid 19th century.