tri·​pod | \ˈtrī-ˌpäd \

Definition of tripod 

1 : a three-legged stand (as for a camera)

2 : a stool, table, or altar with three legs

3 : a vessel (such as a cauldron) resting on three legs

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Other Words from tripod

tripod or tripodal \ˈtri-​pə-​dᵊl, ˈtrī-​ˌpä-​ \ adjective

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Each tent comes in a narrow carrying case, taking up less space than a typical camera tripod. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "This Luxe Beach Tent Will Get You Through The Hottest Days Of Summer," 4 Aug. 2018 The Galaxy Home sits atop a metal tripod of legs and is wrapped in black fabric. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Samsung’s got a smart speaker and it looks like a high-tech planter," 10 Aug. 2018 One protester was seated in a large tripod made with logs Monday, resting on swing-like seat dangling about 25 feet up in the air. Fox News, "The Latest: Arrests made at protest of private prison firm," 6 Aug. 2018 Demonstrators linked their arms through barrels weighed down with cement and through pipes, and one was seated on a swing-like perch about 25 feet up in the air, suspended from a large tripod made with logs. Jonathan Mattise, The Seattle Times, "19 arrested at protest blocking private prison headquarters," 6 Aug. 2018 On Tuesday afternoon the tripod collapsed but, held in place by river ice, did not move downstream. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Clock stops in Nenana Ice Classic guessing game," 1 May 2018 His lawyer in the case, James Gallo, argued that the rifle with the tripod was on the floor, not pointing out the window. Washington Post, "Lawyer compares 2014 arrest at Vegas hotel to shooting case," 6 July 2018 Lawyer Robert Eglet said Friday, July 6, 2018, that the arrest of Kye Aaron Dunbar in a 24th-floor hotel room with guns including an assault-style rifle, tripod and a telescopic sight bears similarities to the Oct. 1 shooting. Washington Post, "Lawyers: 2014 arrest at Vegas hotel precursor to killings," 6 July 2018 Go handheld for tight close-ups or place it on a tripod for wide shots, where the shock mount cancels any noisy rumbles. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Gadgets to Help You Shoot Pro-Quality Movies on Your iPhone," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of tripod

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for tripod

Middle English, from Latin tripod-, tripus, from Greek tripod-, tripous, from tripod-, tripous, adjective, three-footed, from tri- + pod-, pous foot — more at foot

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The first known use of tripod was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of tripod

: a support or stand for a camera, telescope, etc., that has three legs


tri·​pod | \ˈtrī-ˌpäd \

Kids Definition of tripod

1 : something (as a container or stool) resting on three legs

2 : a stand (as for a camera) having three legs


tri·​pod | \ˈtrī-ˌpäd \

Medical Definition of tripod 

: a bone having three processes

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