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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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 There, a handful of people with cameras and tripods arrive for a fashion shoot beside an unloved merry-go-round. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Eating Alone," 6 July 2018 Also lovingly displayed is the low tripod that Ozu used to shoot, as if from the point of view of a person seated on a tatami mat and participating in the scene. Peter Keough,, "‘In Search of Ozu’ ponders a great director’s being and ‘nothingness’," 19 Apr. 2018 Despite the photos' carefully composed appearance, Olic works without a tripod, guerrilla style, shooting hundreds of photographs a day with his trusty Nikon D700. Michael Hardy, WIRED, "Photographs of Buildings That Become Abstract Art," 24 May 2018 Eglet cited a document in the Dunbar case that said one assault-style rifle found in the room booked by his wife had a tripod and a telescopic sight and was pointed toward a window overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. Ken Ritter, Fox News, "Lawyers: 2014 arrest at Vegas hotel precursor to killings," 6 July 2018 The filter is shaped like a tripod with a net on top., "Medical mystery: An unexpected - and ironic - cause of chest pain," 24 June 2018 EARLY on the morning of July 6th reporters began to assemble their tripods outside Avenfield House, a posh apartment block on London’s Park Lane. The Economist, "The boss of Pakistan’s ruling party is sentenced to ten years in jail," 6 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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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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