• WordNet 3.6
    • n rostrum beaklike projection of the anterior part of the head of certain insects such as e.g. weevils
    • n rostrum a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rostrum (Surg) A pair of forceps of various kinds, having a beaklike form.
    • Rostrum (Zoöl) Any beaklike prolongation, esp. of the head of an animal, as the beak of birds.
    • Rostrum Hence, a stage for public speaking; the pulpit or platform occupied by an orator or public speaker. "Myself will mount the rostrum in his favor."
    • Rostrum (Bot) Same as Rostellum.
    • Rostrum (Zoöl) The anterior, often spinelike, prolongation of the carapace of a crustacean, as in the lobster and the prawn.
    • Rostrum The beak or head of a ship.
    • Rostrum (Zoöl) The beak, or sucking mouth parts, of Hemiptera.
    • Rostrum (Rom. Antiq) The Beaks; the stage or platform in the forum where orations, pleadings, funeral harangues, etc., were delivered; -- so called because after the Latin war, it was adorned with the beaks of captured vessels; later, applied also to other platforms erected in Rome for the use of public orators.
    • Rostrum (Old Chem) The pipe to convey the distilling liquor into its receiver in the common alembic.
    • Rostrum (Zoöl) The snout of a gastropod mollusk. See Illust. of Littorina.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rostrum The beak or bill of a bird.
    • n rostrum The snout, muzzle, or sometimes the face of an animal, especially when protrusive.
    • n rostrum In anatomy and zoology, any beaked or rostrate part, or part likened to a beak. Hence— In anatomy: The forward median projection from the body of the sphenoid bone, received between the lips of the vomer, and effecting articulation with that bone; the beak of the sphenoid. See cuts under parasphenoid and Acipenser. The reflected anterior part of the corpus callosum of a mammalian brain below the genu.
    • n rostrum The beak of a ship: an ancient form of ram, consisting of a beam to which were attached heavy pointed irons, fixed to the bows, sometimes just above and sometimes below the water-line, and used for the purpose of sinking other vessels. See cut under rostral.
    • n rostrum plural A platform or elevated place in the Roman forum, whence orations, pleadings, funeral harangues, etc., were delivered: so called because it was adorned with the rostra or beaks of the ships taken in the first naval victory gained by the republic.
    • n rostrum Hence A pulpit or any platform or elevated spot from which a speaker addresses his audience. See cut under pulpit.
    • n rostrum In botany, an elongated receptacle with the styles adhering: also applied generally to any rigid process of remarkable length, or to any additional process at the end of any of the parts of a plant.
    • n rostrum A trestle used in supporting platforms in a theater.
    • n rostrum In an ancient lamp, the beak or projection in which the wick lies.
    • n rostrum In distilling, that part of the still which connects the head with the worm and forms a passage for vapor from the head to the worm; the beak. It has a very marked taper from the head to the worm, and a downward inclination which gives it somewhat the appearance of a beak. See still.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rostrum ros′trum in ancient Rome, an erection for public speakers in the Forum, adorned with the beaks or heads of ships taken in war: the platform from which a speaker addresses his audience: the snout of an animal, or the beak of a bird: the beak of a ship, an ancient form of ram
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., beak, ship's beak, fr. rodere, rosum, to gnaw. See Rodent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. rostrum, the beak—rodĕre, rosum, to gnaw.


In literature:

After this rest the professor resumed his place on the rostrum.
"Asiatic Breezes" by Oliver Optic
Pisaeus is said to have first added the rostrum or beak-head.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Mrs. Schuyler's place on the rostrum was vacant.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
The Baroness, to tell the truth, waddled rather than stepped to the rostrum.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
At the same time the gods on the rostrum were tapping messages to the four corners of the world.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
A member then arose and went to the Rostrum.
"Before and after Waterloo" by Edward Stanley
The Rostrum is brought on.
"The Covent Garden Theatre, or Pasquin Turn'd Drawcansir" by Charles Macklin
Far down in the cool brown shadows within, Selah Adams was standing upon the teacher's rostrum.
"The Co-Citizens" by Corra Harris
The political rostrum showed soon enough how blunt were its arrows.
"Life of Wagner" by Louis Nohl
The umbones of the rostral latera must have been close together, over the unknown rostrum.
"A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 1 of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Frequently advocates the principles of the party from the rostrum.
"Company K, Twentieth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry" by Andrew Brown
I rose in my pew, but was requested to go into the rostrum.
"A Frenchman in America" by Max O'Rell
Funk mounted the rostrum.
"Waldfried" by Berthold Auerbach
It was not hers to trip from a rostrum into the affection of an audience.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
At one end was the speaker's rostrum.
"Astounding Stories, August, 1931" by Various
Rostrum long and narrow.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 7" by Various
At last another orator mounted the rostrum, and the noise gradually ceased.
"Barbarossa; An Historical Novel of the XII Century." by Conrad von Bolanden
Bridle: dark lines from eye to rostrum and from flippers to corner of mouth.
"Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Western North Atlantic" by Stephen Leatherwood
Ripe knowledge in mighty pulsations goes forth from the rostrum, and permeates society.
"The Progressionists, and Angela." by Conrad von Bolanden
The fairy, unused to badinage, retired from the rostrum, and Tony was quick to jump up.
"The Gay Adventure" by Richard Bird

In poetry:

Since Merit but a dunghill is,
I mount the rostrum unafraid:
Indeed, 'twere damnable to ask
If I am overpaid.
"On the Circuit" by W H Auden

In news:

It was reborn 10 years ago in London under Saudi ownership and quickly became a pacesetter in Arab journalism often referred to as "the liberal rostrum of Arab views.".
T he candidate stood uneasily on the rostrum, his black suit still creased from the valise he had carried on the three-day train trip from Springfield, Ill.
Ukrainian lawmakers fight around the rostrum during the first session of Ukraine's newly elected parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Dec 13, 2012 SERGEI CHUZAVKOV — AP Photo.
Ukrainian lawmakers fight around the rostrum during the first session of Ukraine's more.
Dec 13, 2012: Ukrainian lawmakers fight around the rostrum during the first session of Ukraine's newly elected parliament in Kiev, Ukraine.
The speaking gig was already a big deal for Mayor Nutter: an evening slot on the rostrum of the Democratic National Convention.
Ukrainian lawmakers fight around the rostrum during the first session of Ukraine's newly elected parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Dec 13, 2012.
Frazer Harrison, Getty Images / Rostrum.
Dolphin Electro-Whiskers The dots on this dolphin's rostrum are hairless vibrissal crypts, structures originally associated with mammalian whiskers, which serve as electroreceptors.
Ukrainian lawmakers fight around the rostrum during the first session of Ukraine 's newly elected parliament in Kiev, Ukraine , Thursday, Dec 13, 2012.
Ukrainian lawmakers fight around the rostrum during the first session of Ukraine's more.
Cameron Jibril Thomaz (born September 8, 1987 in Minot, North Dakota), better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, signed to Rostrum Records.