from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A dais, pulpit, or other elevated platform for public speaking.
- n. The curved, beaklike prow of an ancient Roman ship, especially a war galley.
- n. The speaker's platform in an ancient Roman forum, which was decorated with the prows of captured enemy ships.
- n. Biology A beaklike or snoutlike projection.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A dais, pulpit, or similar platform for a speaker, conductor or other performer.
- n. A platform for a film or television camera.
- n. The projecting prow of a rowed warship, such as a trireme.
- n. The beak shaped projection on the head of insects such as weevils.
- n. The snout of a dolphin
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The beak or head of a ship.
- n. The Beaks; the stage or platform in the forum where orations, pleadings, funeral harangues, etc., were delivered; -- so called because after the Latin war, it was adorned with the beaks of captured vessels; later, applied also to other platforms erected in Rome for the use of public orators.
- n. Hence, a stage for public speaking; the pulpit or platform occupied by an orator or public speaker.
- n. Any beaklike prolongation, esp. of the head of an animal, as the beak of birds.
- n. The beak, or sucking mouth parts, of Hemiptera.
- n. The snout of a gastropod mollusk. See Illust. of Littorina.
- n. The anterior, often spinelike, prolongation of the carapace of a crustacean, as in the lobster and the prawn.
- n. Same as Rostellum.
- n. The pipe to convey the distilling liquor into its receiver in the common alembic.
- n. A pair of forceps of various kinds, having a beaklike form.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The beak or bill of a bird.
- n. The snout, muzzle, or sometimes the face of an animal, especially when protrusive.
- n. In anatomy and zoology, any beaked or rostrate part, or part likened to a beak.
- n. The beak of a ship: an ancient form of ram, consisting of a beam to which were attached heavy pointed irons, fixed to the bows, sometimes just above and sometimes below the water-line, and used for the purpose of sinking other vessels. See cut under rostral.
- n. plural A platform or elevated place in the Roman forum, whence orations, pleadings, funeral harangues, etc., were delivered: so called because it was adorned with the rostra or beaks of the ships taken in the first naval victory gained by the republic.
- n. Hence A pulpit or any platform or elevated spot from which a speaker addresses his audience. See cut under pulpit.
- n. In botany, an elongated receptacle with the styles adhering: also applied generally to any rigid process of remarkable length, or to any additional process at the end of any of the parts of a plant.
- n. A trestle used in supporting platforms in a theater.
- n. In an ancient lamp, the beak or projection in which the wick lies.
- n. In distilling, that part of the still which connects the head with the worm and forms a passage for vapor from the head to the worm; the beak.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. beaklike projection of the anterior part of the head of certain insects such as e.g. weevils
- n. a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it
I am cognisant of the traditional excellence of the introductions of speakers by Empire Club Presidents-an excellence that presumably each speaker from this renowned rostrum is challenged to match!
Listening to him speak from the rostrum is often like listening to a venerable bishop preaching the revealed truth.
a sudden on this rostrum is a somewhat uncomfortable and trying experience.
In basic terms, the rostrum is shaped like a very long scalene triangle: it’s deepest at the level of the nasoantorbital fenestra, but gradually tapers rostrally to a point.
The Chinese paddlefish (Psephurus gladius) is found in the Yangtze River and has a cone-shaped snout rather than the long, paddle-like snout (known as a rostrum) of the North American paddlefish.
She was a slave and a mother and her rostrum was the auction block.
Things had so gone with him that the rostrum was his own, and a House crammed to overflowing was there to listen to him.
The gentleman in the rostrum is a voluble personage, with a rapidly roving eye, of preternatural quickness in picking up "bids."
Under the rostrum was the vestry, and through a trap door in the rostrum floor the preacher climbed from the vestry to his place.
Its anterior curved end, termed the genu, gradually tapers into a thinner portion, the rostrum, which is continued downward and backward in front of the anterior commissure to join the lamina terminalis.