Definition of podium in English:
noun (plural podiums or podia-dēə)
1A small platform on which a person may stand to be seen by an audience, as when making a speech or conducting an orchestra.
- 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.
1.1North American A lectern.
- 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
More example sentences
- 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.
- 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 raised platform surrounding the arena in an ancient amphitheater.
- 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) finish first, second, or third, so as to appear on a podium for an award: I’ve had great results in the sprint and I’ve podiumed in the individual
More example sentences
- 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.
Mid 18th century: via Latin from Greek podion, diminutive of pous, pod- 'foot'.
Words that rhyme with podiumodeum, odium, plasmodium, sodium
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