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[trahy-pod] /ˈtraɪ pɒd/
a stool, table, pedestal, etc., with three legs.
a three-legged stand or support, as for a camera or telescope.
the oracular seat of the priestess of Apollo at Delphi.
Origin of tripod
1595-1605; < Latin tripod- (stem of tripūs) < Greek tripod- (stem of trípous) orig., three-footed. See tri-, -pod Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tripod
  • If you jam the tripod deep into the snow, it will push the legs apart so far that they might break.
  • If you pair one of these little cameras with a small, flexible tripod you'll be good to go.
  • Nevertheless, the agencies' business is built upon a rather shaky tripod.
  • Sturdy aluminum tripod provides excellent vibration suppression.
  • The magic arm can be bought as a kit that includes a tripod.
  • Keep a special eye out for a pesky poltergeist: rumor has it that he's knocked over a tripod or two.
  • Because the doll can be posed, she doubles as a pretty good tripod.
  • Telescoping feature of tripod legs makes height adjustments easy.
  • These accessories still come in the box, along with the tripod screw for mounting real cameras.
  • He has a four-by-five-inch view camera, a tripod and a large supply of patience.
British Dictionary definitions for tripod


an adjustable and usually collapsible three-legged stand to which a camera, etc, can be attached to hold it steady
a stand or table having three legs
Derived Forms
tripodal (ˈtrɪpədəl) adjective
Word Origin
C17: via Latin from Greek tripod-, tripous three-footed, from tri- + pous foot
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Word Origin and History for tripod

c.1600, "three-legged vessel," from Latin tripus (genitive tripodis), from Greek tripous (genitive tripodos) "a three-legged stool or table," literally "three-footed," from tri- "three" (see tri-) + pous (genitive podos) "foot" (see foot).

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