Definitions for: Stadium

[n] a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments

Webster (1913) Definition: Sta"di*um, n.
A modern structure, with its inclosure, resembling the
ancient stadium, used for athletic games, etc.

Sta"di*um, n.; pl. Stadia. [L., a stadium (in sense
1), from Gr. ?.]
1. A Greek measure of length, being the chief one used for
itinerary distances, also adopted by the Romans for
nautical and astronomical measurements. It was equal to
600 Greek or 625 Roman feet, or 125 Roman paces, or to 606
feet 9 inches English. This was also called the {Olympic
stadium}, as being the exact length of the foot-race
course at Olympia. --Dr. W. Smith.

2. Hence, a race course; especially, the Olympic course for
foot races.

3. A kind of telemeter for measuring the distance of an
object of known dimensions, by observing the angle it
subtends; especially (Surveying), a graduated rod used to
measure the distance of the place where it stands from an
instrument having a telescope, by observing the number of
the graduations of the rod that are seen between certain
parallel wires (stadia wires) in the field of view of the
telescope; -- also called stadia, and stadia rod.

Synonyms: arena, bowl

See Also: amphitheater, amphitheatre, athletic field, bullring, circus, coliseum, construction, covered stadium, dome, domed stadium, field, field house, football stadium, hippodrome, playing area, playing field, stand, standing room, stands, structure, tiered seats

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