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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STADIUM

In October, 1920, the Stadium in this park was formally opened.

"I shall never boast about the stadium at Cambridge again," she said.

He wished to inspect them in the stadium, and they were now marching thither.

All of this was duly announced to the stadium and the excitement was intense.

By this time people were being removed from the stadium in all directions.

He never went near the stadium again as long as he lived, I understand.

Presently Hugo was standing alone on the cinders outside the stadium.

Dufeu also made a stadium the six hundredth part of a degree.

We heard the partridge call in the area of the theatre, and of the stadium.

In a recess of the mountain, on the right side, is the area of a stadium.

WORD ORIGIN

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).

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