from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A three-legged object, such as a cauldron, stool, or table.
- n. An adjustable three-legged stand, as for supporting a transit or camera.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a three-legged stand or mount
- n. A man that has a large penis disproportionate to his short stature, especially a of a drawf
- v. To enter the tripod position showing signs of exhaustion or distress.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any utensil or vessel, as a stool, table, altar, caldron, etc., supported on three feet.
- n. A three-legged frame or stand, usually jointed at top, for supporting a theodolite, compass, telescope, camera, or other instrument.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the sponge-spicules, a threerayed element having the arms of equal length and sloping from the point of union.
- Having three feet or legs.
- n. In classical antiquity, a seat, table, or other article resting on three feet.
- n. Hence, any object having three feet or legs, as a three-legged stool.
- n. A three-legged frame or stand, usually jointed at the top, for supporting a theodolite, compass, camera, or other instrument. See cuts under rock-drill and transit.
- n. In anatomy and zoology, a tripodal formation; a three-pronged or triradiate structure, as a bone. The premaxillary bone of birds is a tripod.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a three-legged rack used for support
Latin tripūs, tripod-, from Greek tripous, three-footed : tri-, tri- + pous, foot; see -pod.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From tripod- and τριποδ- (tripod-), the stems of the Latin tripūs and its etymon the Ancient Greek τρίπους (tripous); compare tripus. (Wiktionary)