from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Solid; solid body: stereotropism.
  • Three-dimensional: stereoscope.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • Forming words relating to the solid, the three-dimensional.
  • Specifically, forming words relating to the binocular contribution to three-dimensional vision.
  • Forming words relating to the solid, the hard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A combining form meaning solid, hard, firm, as in stereo-chemistry, stereography.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An element of Greek origin, meaning ‘solid.’
  • Same as stereotype: as, a stereo plate; stereo apparatus.
  • n. An abbreviation of stereotype
  • n. of stereotyping.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. two photographs taken from slightly different angles that appear three-dimensional when viewed together
  • adj. designating sound transmission from two sources through two channels
  • n. reproducer in which two microphones feed two or more loudspeakers to give a three-dimensional effect to the sound


Greek, from stereos, solid; see ster-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek στερεός (stereos, "solid"). (Wiktionary)


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