- noun a bench used for filming an object such as a map, on which it can be held securely and lit evenly
- noun a platform, stand or raised area supporting a film or television camera
- noun a projecting part of a bone or structure shaped like a beak
- noun a high desk where a member stands to speak to an assembly or meeting
- Any platform used to create different levels of staging. Knownin America as a parallel, it can be either permanent or collapsiblefor transport and storage. A rostrum usually has steps or a ramp andsometimes a canvas 'rostrum-front' to disguise the platform.
In the late 19th century rostrums were used extensively bythe famous Meininger company to keep the action moving onseveral different levels. They can be especially effective on themodern open stage: the Stratford Festival Theatre in Ontario, Canada,employs eight acting levels.