An object consisting of three stairs, the highest one in the middle, where the top three finishers of a race stand to receive their trophies and spray champagne thereafter.

Po"di*um (?), n.; pl. Podia (#). [L., fr. Gr. , dim. of , , foot. See Pew.]

1. Arch.

A low wall, serving as a foundation, a substructure, or a terrace wall.

It is especially employed by archaeologists in two senses: (a)

The dwarf wall surrounding the arena of an amphitheater, from the top of which the seats began

. (b)

The masonry under the stylobate of a temple, sometimes a mere foundation, sometimes containing chambers

. See Illust. of Column.

2. Zool.

The foot.


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