It was hard not to get mixed messages from the rostrum, too.
That nominee had three challenges as he took the rostrum in Tampa.
Presently they were all assembled, and the Head appeared upon his rostrum.
The doctor dropped down from his rostrum as if his task were done.
Each member has his chair and desk, the seats being arranged in semicircles around the rostrum.
Every knot of men had its grievance; every flag in the pavement was a rostrum.
The Buddhists, and the unbelievers who figure so boastingly upon the rostrum in modern times, speak alike.
And finally, as capacity was reached, he came to the rostrum.
The leaders of the Barcine party now appeared on the scene, and their most popular orator ascended the rostrum.
The professor then took his place again on the rostrum, with the pointer in his hand.
1540s, from Latin rostrum, name of the platform stand for public speakers in the Forum in ancient Rome. It was decorated with the beaks of ships taken in the first naval victory of the Roman republic, over Antium, in 338 B.C.E., and the word's older sense is "end of a ship's prow," literally "beak, muzzle, snout," originally "means of gnawing," instrument noun form of rodere "to gnaw" (see rodent). Cf. claustrum "lock, bar," from claudere "to shut." Extended sense of any platform for public speaking is first recorded 1766. Classical plural form is rostra.
rostrum ros·trum (rŏs'trəm)
n. pl. ros·trums or ros·tra (-trə)
A beaklike or snoutlike projection.