noun (plural: sacella)
- a small chapel, as a monument within a church
- (ancient Rome) a shrine open to the sky, sometimes used for sacrifical purposes, or in honor of the divine
- (in Ancient Rome) A place where sacred objects were kept, either in a temple (the adytum) or in a house (holding the penates)
- The area surrounding the altar of a Christian church; the sanctuary or piscina
noun (Plural: sarcophagi or sarcophaguses)
- A stone coffin, often inscribed or decorated with sculpture.
- (informal) The cement and steel structure that encases the destroyed reactor at the power station in Chernobyl, Ukraine.
- (constellation) A small autumn constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a shield. It lies between the constellations of Aquila, Sagittarius, and the tail of Serpens.
noun (s, pl2=stadia)
- A Greek measure of length, being the chief one used for itinerary distances, also adopted by the Romans for nautical and astronomical measurements, equal to 600 Greek or 625 Roman feet, or 125 Roman paces, or to 606 feet, 9 inches.
- Hence, a race course, especially, the Olympic course for foot races.
- A venue where sporting events are held.
- A kind of telemeter for measuring the distance of an object of known dimensions, by observing the angle it subtends.
- In surveying, a graduated rod used to measure the distance of the place where it stands from an instrument having a telescope, by observing the number of the graduations of the rod that are seen between certain parallel wires (stadia wires) in the field of view of the telescope.
- (archaeology) A tall, slender stone monument, often with writing carved into its surface
- Alternative forms: stela
- (botany) The central core of the root and shoot system, especially including the vascular tissue.
- a grooming tool used to scrape away dead skin, oil, dirt, etc.