Stadia Definition

stādē-ə
stadium
noun
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.
Webster's New World
The parallel lines in this instrument.
American Heritage
Webster's New World
The calibrated rod so used.
American Heritage
The technique of measuring distances with this instrument.
American Heritage
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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

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