a plural of rostrum.
noun, plural rostra
[ros-truh] /ˈrɒs trə/ (Show IPA), rostrums.
any platform, stage, or the like, for public speaking.
a beaklike projection from the prow of a ship, especially one on an ancient warship for ramming an enemy ship; beak; ram.
Roman Antiquity. (in the forum) the raised platform, adorned with the beaks of captured warships, from which orations, pleadings, etc., were delivered.
Biology. a beaklike process or extension of some part; rostellum.
British Theater. a raised platform or dais, especially one with hinged sides that can be folded and stored within a relatively small space.
noun (pl) -trums, -tra (-trə)
any platform, stage, or dais on which public speakers stand to address an audience
a platform or dais in front of an orchestra on which the conductor stands
another word for ram (sense 5)
the prow or beak of an ancient Roman ship
(biology, zoology) a beak or beaklike part
rostrum ros·trum (rŏs’trəm)
n. pl. ros·trums or ros·tra (-trə)
A beaklike or snoutlike projection.
ros’tral (-trəl) adj.
rostrad ros·trad (rŏs’trād’) adv. In a direction toward the rostrum or snout end of an organism. adj. Situated nearer the rostrum of an organism when compared with the position of something else.
adjective 1. of or relating to a rostrum. adjective 1. (biology) of or like a beak or snout 2. adorned with the prows of ships: a rostral column
noun 1. a memorial column having sculptures representing the rams of ancient ships.
adjective 1. furnished with a rostrum. adjective 1. (biology) having a beak or beaklike process rostrate ros·trate (rŏs’trāt’, -trĭt) adj. Having a beaklike part.