1. a three-legged rack used for support
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Tripod \Tri"pod\, n. [L. tripus, -odis, Gr. ?; ? (see Tri-) +
?, ?, foot. See Foot, and cf. Tripos, Trivet.]
1. Any utensil or vessel, as a stool, table, altar, caldron,
etc., supported on three feet.
Note: On such, a stool, in the temple of Apollo at Delphi,
the Pythian priestess sat while giving responses to
those consulting the Delphic oracle.
2. A three-legged frame or stand, usually jointed at top, for
supporting a theodolite, compass, telescope, camera, or
Tripod of life, or Vital tripod (Physiol.), the three
organs, the heart, lungs, and brain; -- so called because
their united action is necessary to the maintenance of
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a three-legged rack used for support