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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tripod or tripodal \ ˈtri-​pə-​dᵊl How to pronounce tripodal (audio) , ˈtrī-​ˌpä-​ \ adjective

Examples of tripod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After setting and resetting his tripods in the snow half a dozen times, Hugo is finally satisfied. David Wolman, Outside Online, "The Man Who Chases Auroras to Push Away Darkness," 6 Jan. 2020 Use a tripod and camera with a flash for the ultimate power portrait. Laura Studarus, Marie Claire, "Where to Go in Tokyo to Take Instagram-Worthy Pictures," 27 Dec. 2019 Black Friday is behind us, but now the Cyber Monday floodgates have opened and there are some new deals on cameras of all shapes and sizes—not mention lenses, SD cards, tripods, and back-up hard drives. Wired, "The Best Camera and Photography Deals for Cyber Monday," 1 Dec. 2019 Attempts to reach law enforcement officials for additional comment on Anderson’s removal from the tripod were unsuccessful. Jordan Shearer, Twin Cities, "Pipeline protester arrested during northwestern Minnesota incident," 25 Nov. 2019 Call 623-876-8778 after 10 a.m. Bruno: A playful tripodAt just 3-years-old, Bruno has a lot of love to give and life to live, with a smile always on his face. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Simba and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 27 Dec. 2019 The systems come mounted to a black trunk-like box or mounted on a rolling tripod. Justin George, Washington Post, "Metro teams up with TSA to test anti-explosive detection system," 17 Dec. 2019 The protesters tied three large poles together to form a tripod structure. Jordan Shearer, Twin Cities, "Pipeline protester arrested during northwestern Minnesota incident," 25 Nov. 2019 Nearby, a white metal tripod the size of a smart car is tethered to two dozen solar panels and hundreds of feet of clear plastic that stretches across the pad. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Giant Surveillance Balloons Are Lurking at the Edge of Space," 19 Dec. 2019

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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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21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tripod.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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How to pronounce tripod (audio)

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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