noun, plural podiums, podia [poh-dee-uh] .
a small platform for the conductor of an orchestra, for a public speaker, etc.
a low wall forming a base for a construction, as a colonnade or dome.
a stereobate for a classical temple, especially one with perpendicular sides.
the masonry supporting a classical temple.
a raised platform surrounding the arena of an ancient Roman amphitheater having on it the seats of privileged spectators.
a counter or booth, as one at an airport for handling tickets or dispensing information.
Zoology, Anatomy. a foot.
Botany. a footstalk or stipe.

1605–15; < Latin: elevated place, balcony < Greek pódion little foot, equivalent to pod- pod- + -ion diminutive suffix. See pew

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a combining form meaning “footlike part” of an organism, used in the formation of compound words: monopodium; pseudo-podium.
Also, -pode.

< Neo-Latin; see podium

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podium (ˈpəʊdɪəm)
n , pl -diums, -dia
1.  a small raised platform used by lecturers, orchestra conductors, etc; dais
2.  a plinth that supports a colonnade or wall
3.  a low wall surrounding the arena of an ancient amphitheatre
4.  zoology
 a.  the terminal part of a vertebrate limb
 b.  any footlike organ, such as the tube foot of a starfish
[C18: from Latin: platform, balcony, from Greek podion little foot, from pous foot]

n combining form
a part resembling a foot: pseudopodium
[from New Latin: footlike; see podium]

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1743, "raised platform around an ancient arena," also "projecting base of a pedestal," from L. podium "raised platform," from Gk. podion "foot of a vase," dim. of pous (gen. podos) "foot" (see foot). Meaning "raised platform at the front of a hall or stage" is from 1947.
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Example sentences
HE stood behind the podium and appeared to look into the audience, but he could
  not see.
But he faced many barriers before he ever got to a podium.
As journalists applauded, jostling photographers had to be restrained from
  rushing the podium.
Looking at the fleet as it stands, the podium is wide open.
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