tri·​pod | \ ˈtrī-ˌpäd How to pronounce tripod (audio) \

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 How to pronounce tripod (audio) , ˈtrī-​ˌpä-​ \ adjective

Examples of tripod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While McArthur attaches a phone to a tripod to record their talk, the director of the museum, Victoria Hartmann, arrives to check on us. Sam Lipsyte, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 Mount larger binoculars on a tripod to ensure a steady view. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 14 Apr. 2022 Two 1⁄4-20 mounts on either side enable it to be attached to a tripod or GorillaPod. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 Contee said a tripod was set up in the fifth floor apartment and the man appeared to be targeting people at random on the street below. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 22 Apr. 2022 But first, the telescope must deploy a five-layer sunshield the size of a tennis court, unfold its segmented 21.3-foot-wide primary mirror and unfold its secondary mirror on an articulating tripod. William Harwood, CBS News, 24 Dec. 2021 Weighing under 4 pounds, yet able to hold up to 22 pounds of camera, this Manfrotto is currently at the top of my list to replace my broken tripod. Gear Team, Wired, 26 Jan. 2022 Ambassador Pitteloud picked up his camera tripod and ran through the grass to get a better view. CBS News, 11 Jan. 2022 Pitteloud picked up his camera tripod and ran through the grass to get a better view. Christina Larson, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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13 May 2022

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“Tripod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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tri·​pod | \ ˈtrī-ˌpäd How to pronounce tripod (audio) \

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 How to pronounce tripod (audio) \

Medical Definition of tripod

: a bone having three processes

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