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.
If racism is far less prevalent in English stadia nowadays, it seems to have become open season on anything to do with opposing players, whether personal foible, physical appearance, family matters or off-field indiscretion.
The remaining shows (if there are any) will cover the decades of Bad Drum Sound and other musical atrocities, like playing in stadia.
Egypt, and, to make them conquerors, he did not suffer them to have their breakfasts until they had run a hundred and eighty stadia, which is about eight of our long leagues.
Cellular stock right now, because most of the companies who have decided to put their names on stadia, which is the plural for stadium, from the Latin, right -- have had an awful time over the last two years.
For that reason the Persian cavalry encamped sixty stadia from the enemy.] 72 The story is told by
Anathoth -- a town in Benjamin, twenty stadia, that is, two or three miles north of Jerusalem; now Anata (compare Isa 10: 30, and the context, Isa 10: 28-32).
The strictest grammarians would probably dismiss 'stadia' as being incorrect and say that 'stadiums' should be used.
Personally I do prefer 'stadia' but as I think all the websites in this post use 'stadiums' I thought it might be slightly confusing if I differed in my usage.
Of the third kind of stadia, 833-1/3 were equal to one degree of the equator; calculating that 1000 of these were sailed during a day and night's voyage, Pytheas would arrive in the latitude of
A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels - Volume 18 Historical Sketch of the Progress of Discovery, Navigation, and Commerce, from the Earliest Records to the Beginning of the Nineteenth Century, By William Stevenson
As Cottle points out, the costs of sport mega-event infrastructure, such as stadia, are substantially higher in countries of the Global South than countries of the Global North, where the infrastructure to host these events is already in place.