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[ stey-dee-uh ]SEE DEFINITION OF stadia

Synonyms for stadia

  • amphitheater
  • field
  • garden
  • gymnasium
  • bowl
  • coliseum
  • diamond
  • gridiron
  • pit
  • ring
  • strand
  • athletic field
  • stade
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


The island in which the palace was situated had a diameter of five stadia.

The river is distant from the mountains of the Carduchi about six or seven stadia.

The stadia were places in the form of circi, for the running of men and horses.

The port, however, is always calm, and in magnitude about thirty stadia.

The width of the Isthmus is much more than 300 stadia: it is about seventy-two miles.

But from the harbor to Cyrene, 80 stadia; for Cyrene is inland.

From the isthmus to the promontory Araxus is a distance of 1030 stadia.

This also was a city, situated 40 stadia above the sea-coast.

Cleonæ is distant from Argos 120 stadia, and 80 from Corinth.

There is an ascent of 30 stadia, and it terminates in a sharp point.


late 14c., "a foot race, an ancient measure of length," from Latin stadium "a measure of length, a race course" (commonly one-eighth of a Roman mile; translated in early English Bibles by furlong), from Greek stadion "a measure of length, a running track," especially the track at Olympia, which was one stadium in length.

The Greek word might literally mean "fixed standard of length" (from stadios "firm, fixed," from PIE root *sta- "to stand"), or it may be from spadion, from span "to draw up, pull," with form influenced by stadios.

The meaning "running track," recorded in English from c.1600, was extended to mean in modern-day context "large, open oval structure with tiers of seats for viewing sporting events" (1834).