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

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The photographer probably used a tripod and slow shutter speed. Scott Harrison,, "From the Archives: Cage ball is introduced by the YWCA," 20 June 2019 The crowd included a few tourists visiting Death Valley National Park, compelled to pull over at the overlook after spotting the lines of tripods and cameras. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: In Death Valley’s ‘Star Wars Canyon,’ fighter jet aficionados have a good feeling," 7 May 2019 The Nenana Ice Classic's iconic tripod tripped its timer at 1:18 p.m. May 1, ending Interior Alaska's annual guessing game for this year's breakup season. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Clock stops in Nenana Ice Classic guessing game," 1 May 2018 With any telephoto lens, mounting on a sturdy tripod helps keep the Sun in the frame. Michael Stillwell, Popular Mechanics, "How to Photograph a Total Solar Eclipse," 7 July 2017 The cap acts as a tripod, so the bottle can stand up upside down, so the shampoo will make its way down to the cap. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This Ingenious Gadget Gets Every Drop Of Shampoo Out Of The Bottle," 12 July 2018 Each tent comes in a narrow carrying case, taking up less space than a typical camera tripod. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "This Luxe Beach Tent Will Get You Through The Hottest Days Of Summer," 4 Aug. 2018 The Galaxy Home sits atop a metal tripod of legs and is wrapped in black fabric. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Samsung’s got a smart speaker and it looks like a high-tech planter," 10 Aug. 2018 One protester was seated in a large tripod made with logs Monday, resting on swing-like seat dangling about 25 feet up in the air. Fox News, "The Latest: Arrests made at protest of private prison firm," 6 Aug. 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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The first known use of tripod was in the 15th century

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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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to take the place or position of

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