from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A telescopic instrument having two parallel lines through which intervals on a calibrated rod are observed, used to measure distances.
- n. The parallel lines in this instrument.
- n. The calibrated rod so used.
- n. The technique of measuring distances with this instrument.
- n. A plural of stadium.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A level staff or levelling rod used by surveyors to measure differences in level, or to measure horizontal distances by sighting the stadia hairs.
- n. (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.
- n. Plural form of stadion.
- n. Plural form of stadium.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A station temporarily occupied in surveying.
- n. An instrument for measuring distances by means of the angle subtended by an object of known dimensions.
- n. In civil and topographical engineering, the method or the instruments by which what are called stadia measurements are made.
Italian, probably from Latin, pl. of stadium, a unit of length; see stadium.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)