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noun sta·dia \ˈstā-dē-ə\

Definition of stadia

  1. :  a surveying method for determination of distances and differences of elevation by means of a telescopic instrument having two horizontal lines through which the marks on a graduated rod are observed; also :  the instrument or rod

Origin and Etymology of stadia

perhaps from French, from New Latin, plural of stadium stage, gradation, from Latin, stadium

First Known Use: 1865

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