Definition of tripod in English:



  • 1A three-legged stand for supporting a camera or other apparatus.

    • ‘The bottom piece was essential if I wanted to be able to use the camera with a tripod.’
    • ‘His laptop glows in front of him, dimly lighting a video camera perched atop its tripod.’
    • ‘A camera on tripod stood ready to document the reconstructed scene.’
    • ‘He pauses at a boundary, then sets up his old-fashioned camera on its tripod, focuses and sets the exposure, and then waits.’
    • ‘If you can, use a tripod or other camera support to achieve sharpness, pack filters for a gloomy day and experiment.’
    • ‘The technique works best if you keep the camera mounted on a tripod so each successive exposure is level with the others.’
    • ‘We passed a sidewalk photographer using a big black box camera on a tripod, his head covered with a black curtain.’
    • ‘If the buildings are artistically lit, night shots can produce dramatic results, but bring a tripod to keep the camera steady during long exposures.’
    • ‘Please bring your cameras, tripods, flash guns and some items that reflect the seasonality of the theme for what promises to be an interesting evening's photography.’
    • ‘Another great visual effect is to put the camera on the tripod and use a zoom lens.’
    • ‘Then they assembled their picture-taking equipment, a digital camera and a tripod (so that there would be no shaky hand-held shots).’
    • ‘So, I headed back to the house for my tripod, camera and zoom lens.’
    • ‘For the night shots, have your camera on a tripod.’
    • ‘You must have the head of the tripod loose enough so that you can follow the tracer through your viewfinder, but not so loose that the camera has no support from the tripod head.’
    • ‘Apart from different photographic equipment like cameras, tripods and camera bags, a select range of photographs too is on exhibit.’
    • ‘Chad gently set the camera atop the tripod and hooked the wires up one at a time, carefully connecting the correct colors together.’
    • ‘If you can turn the flash off, do so and put the camera on the tripod.’
    • ‘I almost never leave the camera on the tripod while I walk from one location to another due to fear of having the camera fall off.’
    • ‘Picture the first 19 th-century photographers, perched behind unwieldy wooden cameras atop tripods, their subjects sitting stiffly without motion.’
    • ‘Use a tripod to steady the camera, and make long exposures so you can use small apertures for maximum depth of field.’
  • 2archaic A stool, table, or cauldron resting on three legs.

    • ‘High tripod side tables are appropriate next to the sofa or love seat for country home decor.’
    • ‘Attributions are based largely on four documented sets of Chippendale style chairs and a tripod table.’
    • ‘He calls to the lords and asks them to add a tripod and a cauldron each to Odysseus' treasures.’
    • ‘The hall is lit by numerous great torch torches, towering over the tables on tripods.’
    • ‘A wax tablet lay open on the tripod table next to the mirror.’
    1. 2.1historical The bronze altar at Delphi on which a priestess sat to utter oracles.
      • ‘The legend of Heracles is also present at Delphi, when the great hero stole the "Tripod of the Oracle".’
      • ‘After the victory over the Persians in 479 B. C. the Greeks offered this tripod at the oracle of Delphi, from where it was brought to Byzantium.’
      • ‘The Pythia were priestesses of Apollo who would sit in a tripod or throne over a crevice in the earth.’


Early 17th century: via Latin from Greek tripod-, tripous, from tri- three + pod-, pous foot.