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stadia1

[stey-dee-uh] /ˈsteɪ di ə/
noun
1.
a method of surveying in which distances are read by noting the interval on a graduated rod intercepted by two parallel cross hairs (stadia hairs or stadia wires) mounted in the telescope of a surveying instrument, the rod being placed at one end of the distance to be measured and the surveying instrument at the other.
adjective
2.
pertaining to such a method of surveying.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; probably special use of stadia2
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stadia1

/ˈsteɪdɪə/
noun
1.
  1. tacheometry that makes use of a telescopic surveying instrument and a graduated staff calibrated to correspond with the distance from the observer
  2. (as modifier) stadia surveying
2.
the two parallel cross hairs or stadia hairs in the eyepiece of the instrument used
3.
the staff used
Word Origin
C19: probably from stadia²

stadia2

/ˈsteɪdɪə/
noun
1.
a plural of stadium
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