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 This effectively turned it into a flying tripod in the sky, which made for some truly remarkable shots. Brent Rose, Popular Mechanics, "This Changed Everything: DJI’s Phantom Drone," 12 Jan. 2021 The kit also includes a tabletop tripod, soft carrying case, lens covers, and a lens cloth to keep the glasses as clear as possible. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "The Best Cabela’s Cyber Monday Deals: Early Bargains on Fishing, Hunting, and Other Outdoor Gear," 16 Nov. 2020 In addition to one of the best beginner DSLR cameras on the market, this bundle includes accessories like an SD card, a large tripod, a filter kit, and a wide-angle lens. Popular Science, "Travel-friendly cameras for the beginner photographer," 1 Oct. 2020 The tripod can be adjusted up to a height of a little over 4 feet, and the phone holder ensures your phone stays securely in place in the center of the ring for an even distribution of light across your face. Popular Science, "Ring lights that make you look great on camera," 12 Jan. 2021 While your smartphone’s camera might show two dots in the sky, those with a digital single-lens reflex camera, or at least a camera with a zoom lens that attaches to a tripod, will likely get better results. Dan Falk, Science, "In rare sky show, Jupiter and Saturn will nearly 'touch' on the winter solstice," 14 Dec. 2020 The humble tripod can be the basis for many useful fixtures in your winter bushcraft camp. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "10 New Bushcraft Skills You Should Master this Winter," 2 Dec. 2020 When mounted on a tripod, Dr. Carruthers’s lightweight magnesium telescope stood about four feet high. Washington Post, "George R. Carruthers, scientist who designed telescope that went to the moon, dies at 81," 31 Dec. 2020 Believe it or not, the planets are moving really quickly out of frame at that magnification on a still camera on a tripod. Nora Mishanec,, "Jupiter and Saturn crossed paths Monday night. How one Chronicle photographer got the once-in-a-lifetime shots," 22 Dec. 2020

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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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18 Feb 2021

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“Tripod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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 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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