Pronunciation: (pō'dē-um), [key]
—pl. -di•ums, -di•aPronunciation: (-dē-u). [key]
1. a small platform for the conductor of an orchestra, for a public speaker, etc.
a. a low wall forming a base for a construction, as a colonnade or dome.
b. a stereobate for a classical temple, esp. one with perpendicular sides.
c. the masonry supporting a classical temple.
d. a raised platform surrounding the arena of an ancient Roman amphitheater having on it the seats of privileged spectators.
4. a counter or booth, as one at an airport for handling tickets or dispensing information.
5. Zool., Anat.a foot.
6. Bot.a footstalk or stipe.
a combining form meaning “footlike part” of an organism, used in the formation of compound words: monopodium; pseudo-podium. Also,-pode.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.