n. pl. po·di·ums or po·di·a (-dē-ə)
1. An elevated platform, as for an orchestra conductor or public speaker.
2. A stand for holding the notes of a public speaker; a lectern.
a. A low wall serving as a foundation.
b. A wall circling the arena of an ancient amphitheater.
4. Biology A structure resembling or functioning as a foot.
intr.v. po·di·umed, po·di·um·ing, po·di·ums
To complete a competition, especially a race, as one of the top three contestants, usually being honored while standing on a podium.
[Latin, from Greek podion, base, diminutive of pous, pod-, foot; see ped- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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