Pronunciation: (pō'dē-um),[key] —n., —pl.-di•ums, -di•aPronunciation: (-dē-u).[key] 1. a small platform for the conductor of an orchestra, for a public speaker, etc.
2. Archit. 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.