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 life.

(Tri*po"di*an) n. (Mus.) An ancient stringed instrument; — so called because, in form, it resembled the Delphic tripod.

(Trip"o*dy) n. [Pref. tri- + - pody, as in dipody.] (Pros.) Three metrical feet taken together, or included in one measure.

(Trip"o*li) n. (Min.) An earthy substance originally brought from Tripoli, used in polishing stones and metals. It consists almost wholly of the siliceous shells of diatoms.

(Trip"o*line) a.

1. Of or pertaining to Tripoli or its inhabitants; Tripolitan.

2. Of or pertaining to tripoli, the mineral.

(Tri*pol"i*tan) a. Of or pertaining to Tripoli or its inhabitants; Tripoline.n. A native or inhabitant of Tripoli.

(Tri"pos) n.; pl. Triposes Tripod.]—>

1. A tripod. [Obs.] Dryden.

2. A university examination of questionists, for honors; also, a tripos paper; one who prepares a tripos paper. [Cambridge University, Eng.]

Classical tripos examination, the final university examination for classical honors, optional to all who have taken the mathematical honors. C. A. Bristed.Tripos paper, a printed list of the successful candidates for mathematical honors, accompanied by a piece in Latin verse. There are two of these, designed to commemorate the two tripos days. The first contains the names of the wranglers and senior optimes, and the second the names of the junior optimes. The word tripos is supposed to refer to the three-legged stool formerly used at the examinations for these honors, though some derive it from the three brackets formerly printed on the back of the paper. C. A. Bristed.

(Trip`lo*blas"tic) a. [Gr. threefold + -blast + -ic.] (Biol.) Of, pertaining to, or designating, that condition of the ovum in which there are three primary germinal layers, or in which the blastoderm splits into three layers.

(Trip*loi"dite) n. (Min.) A manganese phosphate near triplite, but containing hydroxyl instead of fluorine.

(Trip"ly) adv. In a triple manner.

(Trip"mad`am) n. [F. tripe-madame, trique-madame.] (Bot.) Same as Prickmadam.

(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.

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 other instrument.

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