from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A station temporarily occupied in surveying.
  • noun An instrument for measuring distances by means of the angle subtended by an object of known dimensions.
  • noun In civil and topographical engineering, the method or the instruments by which what are called stadia measurements are made.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun surveying A level staff or levelling rod used by surveyors to measure differences in level, or to measure horizontal distances by sighting the stadia hairs.
  • noun military (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.
  • noun Plural form of stadion.
  • noun Plural form of stadium.


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  • Also stadium, stade, or stadion. According to Herodotus, one stade equaled 600 feet, but there were several different lengths of "feet" at the time, depending on the country of origin.

    April 18, 2009