Stadia meaning

stādē-ə
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(surveying) A level staff or levelling rod used by surveyors to measure differences in level, or to measure horizontal distances by sighting the stadia hairs.
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(military) (historically) A graduated brass triangle used to measure the distance of a target by comparison of the graduations with the heights of soldiers or horses.
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Plural form of stadion.
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Plural form of stadium.
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The technique of measuring distances with this instrument.
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A method of surveying in which distances and elevations are obtained by observing the interval on a graduated, upright rod (stadia rod) intercepted by two parallel horizontal lines (stadia hairs or stadia wires) in a surveyor's transit set up at a distance from the rod.
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Origin of stadia

  • Italian probably from Latin pl. of stadium a unit of length stadium

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition