• WordNet 3.6
    • n podium a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Podium A low wall, serving as a foundation, a substructure, or a terrace wall.
    • Podium (Arch) The dwarf wall surrounding the arena of an amphitheater, from the top of which the seats began.
    • Podium (Zoöl) The foot.
    • Podium (Arch) The masonry under the stylobate of a temple, sometimes a mere foundation, sometimes containing chambers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n podium In architecture, a continuous pedestal; a stylobate; also, a raised platform which surrounded the arena of the ancient amphitheater, upon which sat persons of distinction, or a bench surrounding a room.
    • n podium In zoology and anatomy, the foot; the pes: usually applied in ornithology to the toes collectively, without the shank of the foot.
    • n podium In conchology, the foot of a mollusk. Its parts are distinguished as propodium, mesopodium, metapodium, and epipodium, or fore, middle, hind, and side parts. See cuts under Gasteropoda, Leptonidæ, Myidæ. and Pisidiidæ.
    • n podium In botany: A footstalk, stipe, or the like.
    • n podium A joint, internode, or independent unit in the growth of the axis of a plant.
    • n podium In echinoderms, one of the tube-feet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Podium pō′di-um a continuous pedestal, a stylobate: :
    • n Podium pō′di-um (anat.) a foot
    • n Podium pō′di-um (bot.) a support, as a foot-stalk
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. , dim. of , , foot. See Pew


In literature:

This allowed her a podium to broadcast how badly she was used by the university.
"Wild Justice" by Ruth M. Sprague
He left the podium and went at once to the cuniculum.
"Quo Vadis" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
It did him good, by contrast, to hear a hearty peal of laughter that came up from the lowest ranks of the podium.
"Serapis, Complete" by Georg Ebers
Lil took the podium and tucked stray hairs behind her ears.
"Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" by Cory Doctorow
Then Mr. Stokowski walked out on the podium.
"The World's Great Men of Music" by Harriette Brower
Cassius, standing in Caesar's podium, seemed puny compared with that Lygian.
"Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year" by E.C. Hartwell
If the light allows, the Podium, at present bare, is a suitable place for mosaics.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of St. Paul" by Arthur Dimock
The walls are white, with a red podium, and are surmounted by a cornice from which springs the vault.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
The podium of the arena shows by its lowness that fights with wild beasts did not take place in it.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
The Pegasus staff was gathering around Dr. Gordon, who was using a large packing case for a podium.
"The Scarlet Lake Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin

In poetry:

No point? No twist for you
in my white tunnel?
Let me speak plainly,
let me whisper it from the podium—
"The Angel Food Dogs" by Anne Sexton

In news:

Jordan Ernest Burroughs poses on the podium after winning gold in the Men's 74kg Freestyle wrestling event.
Join us on Sunday, June 17th from 3 to 5 pm for a special broadcast featuring Kurt Masur on the podium.
McLaren driver Hamilton, Red Bull driver Vettel and Ferrari driver Alonso drink champagne on the podium after the US F1 Grand Prix in Austin.
Not all Olympic champions are atop the medal podium.
With giddy celebration on Olympic podium, Claressa Shields completes triumph over rough circumstances .
The ferociousness that won Claressa Shields an Olympic gold medal melted away as she climbed on the podium to claim it.
Before taking their places at separate podiums, they hugged each other.
Following Klemperer's departure and a few years of guest conductors, the Philharmonic's podium was claimed by Alfred Wallenstein (1943-56), who had been a member of the orchestra's cello section since its inception.
"I'm not going to talk about that," Whole Foods Market's co-chief executive officer said bluntly soon after he got up to the podium.
Ted Ligety smiles on the podium after winning at the men's World Cup giant slalom ski race in Beaver Creek Sunday.
Enlarge Mike Kittrell mkittrell@al.com Alabama Gov Robert Bentley, at podium, was the guest speaker at Blakeley State Park Sunday, Sept 16, 2012, in Spanish Fort, Ala.
Frenchman Adrien Courier has finished just off the podium twice in this season's Subaru FWT.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell walks to a podium to deliver remarks to the press on Capitol Hill in Washington ( JASON REED, REUTERS / November 14, 2012 ).
CAVE CREEK – During Monday night's Call to the Public, Gary Kiernan (r) took to the podium with some terse words for the town.
Daniel Stav listens to Nick Vujicic, Hometown Hero Award recipient, at the podium and projected on screen at the Conejo Valley Friendship Circle's 10th anniversary celebration Monday at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza hotel.