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στάδιον pl. στάδια and στάδιοι, but never στάδιος in sg. στῆναι

I.a fixed standard of length, a stade, = 100 ὀργυιαί or 6 πλέθρα, i. e. 600 Greek or 606 3/4 English feet, about 1/8 of a Roman mile, Polyb.: —ἑκατὸν σταδίοισιν ἄριστος "best by a hundred miles, " Ar.; πλεῖν σταδίῳ λαλίστερος more loquacious than a mile and more, id=Ar.
II.a race-course (that of Olympia being a stade long), Pind., etc.; ἀγωνίζεσθαι στ. to run a race, Hdt.; στ. νικᾶν to win one, Xen.

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