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
tripodalplay \ˈtri-pə-dəl, ˈtrī-ˌpä-\ adjective
Recent Examples of tripod from the Web
Aside from the eyeless fish, the team has also spotted a strange tripod fish, a chimaera, bioluminescent sea stars and rock crabs.
There's also a universal clip that can sit on your monitor, desk, or snap into a tripod.
After days of painstaking measurements taken with tripods and levels, a surveyor will be left with one small area of measurement.
The Millipod from Always On is a slim foldable tripod.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 15th century
TRIPOD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tripod for English Language Learners
: a support or stand for a camera, telescope, etc., that has three legs
TRIPOD Defined for Kids
Definition of tripod for Students
1 : something (as a container or stool) resting on three legs
2 : a stand (as for a camera) having three legs
Medical Definition of tripod
: a bone having three processes
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