Definitions of pole

  1. one of two points of intersection of the Earth's axis and the celestial sphere
  2. one of the two ends of a magnet where the magnetism seems to be concentrated
  3. a square rod of land
  4. propel with a pole; of barges on rivers, for example
  5. a long ( usually round) rod of wood or metal or plastic
  6. a long fiberglass sports implement used for pole vaulting
  7. a contact on an electrical device ( such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves
  8. one of two divergent or mutually exclusive opinions; " they are at opposite poles" or" they are poles apart"
  9. one of two antipodal points where the Earth's axis of rotation intersects the Earth's surface
  10. deoxidize molten metals by stirring them with a wooden pole
  11. one of two divergent or mutually exclusive opinions; " they are at opposite poles"; " they are poles apart"
  12. a linear measure of 16. 5 feet
  13. support on poles; " pole climbing plants like beans"
  14. propel with a pole; " pole barges on the river"; " We went punting in Cambridge"
  15. A native or inhabitant of Poland; a Polander.
  16. A long, slender piece of wood; a tall, slender piece of timber; the stem of a small tree whose branches have been removed; as, specifically: ( a) A carriage pole, a wooden bar extending from the front axle of a carriage between the wheel horses, by which the carriage is guided and held back. ( b) A flag pole, a pole on which a flag is supported. ( c) A Maypole. See Maypole. ( d) A barber's pole, a pole painted in stripes, used as a sign by barbers and hairdressers. ( e) A pole on which climbing beans, hops, or other vines, are trained.
  17. To convey on poles; as, to pole hay into a barn.
  18. To impel by a pole or poles, as a boat.
  19. To stir, as molten glass, with a pole.
  20. Either extremity of an axis of a sphere; especially, one of the extremities of the earth's axis; as, the north pole.
  21. A point upon the surface of a sphere equally distant from every part of the circumference of a great circle; or the point in which a diameter of the sphere perpendicular to the plane of such circle meets the surface. Such a point is called the pole of that circle; as, the pole of the horizon; the pole of the ecliptic; the pole of a given meridian.
  22. One of the opposite or contrasted parts or directions in which a polar force is manifested; a point of maximum intensity of a force which has two such points, or which has polarity; as, the poles of a magnet; the north pole of a needle.
  23. The firmament; the sky.
  24. See Polarity, and Polar, n.
  25. A measuring stick; also, a measure of length equal to 5 yards, or a square measure equal to 30 square yards; a rod; a perch.
  26. A long staff; as, a flagpole; a measure equal to five and a half yards; one of the two ends of the axis of the earth; one of the two opposite points in a magnet.
  27. To push with a long road or staff. - Pole, a native of Poland.
  28. That on which anything turns, as a pivot or axis: one of the ends of the axis of a sphere, esp. of the earth: ( physics) one of the two points of a body in which the attractive or repulsive energy is concentrated, as a magnet.
  29. A pale or pile: a long piece of wood: an instrument for measuring: a measure of length, 5 1/ 2 yards; in square measure, 80 1/ 4 yards.
  30. A native of Poland.
  31. A long rod or shaft of wood; measure of 5½ linear yards.
  32. Extremity of an axis. esp. of the earth; end of a magnet.
  33. Polar.
  34. An extremity of the axis of a sphere.
  35. One of two points, as of a magnet, at which opposite qualities are concentrated.
  36. One of the Slavic people inhabiting Poland.
  37. A long slender piece of wood; a rod or perch; a measure of length of 5 1/ 2 yards; an instrument for measuring.
  38. One of the extremities of the axis on which the sphere of the heavens or the earth revolves; the star which is vertical to the pole of the earth; the pole- star; one of the two points in a body where the attractive or the repellant force is concentrated. Magnetic pole, one of the points in a magnet corresponding to the poles of the earth, the one pointing north and the other south; the place on the surface of the earth where the needle points vertically.
  39. To furnish with poles for support: to bear or convey on poles; to impel by poles, as a boat. Under bare poles, with the sails all furled.
  40. A long, slender, piece of wood; a ong staff; a measure of length, 16 1/ 2 feet or 1/ 4 chain; in land- measure, 30 1/ 3 sqare yards; a mast.

Usage examples for pole

  1. Down toward the South Pole. – Steve Young by George Manville Fenn
  2. I've been to the North Pole," he ended quietly, " so we shan't have to go there." – The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
  3. And they cut a very long pole. – William Tell Told Again by P. G. Wodehouse
  4. Presently an Indian belonging to the party which had descended the hill advanced towards the house with a white handkerchief on a pole. – In the Rocky Mountains by W. H. G. Kingston
  5. He was obeyed, and as the couple came before him, hand in hand, he took a chain of roses from the fallen pole and cast it about their necks. – Tales Of Puritan Land Myths And Legends Of Our Own Land, Volume 4. by Charles M. Skinner
  6. She is a Pole." – The Vultures by Henry Seton Merriman
  7. It's cold as the South Pole. – Out of the Primitive by Robert Ames Bennet
  8. I should as soon have expected the North Pole to fall in love with me as you. – Misalliance by George Bernard Shaw
  9. It ran up as straight as a liberty pole. – The Bark Covered House or, Back in the Woods Again by William Nowlin
  10. The old woman instantly stuck a pole in the ground and put the hero's hat on it. – Roumanian Fairy Tales by Various Compiler: Mite Kremnitz
  11. But Pole didn't know his love for little Belloni." – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  12. Ulna now took up his own pole, and after much effort they succeeded in getting the raft to the low point, and here, without difficulty, they made a landing. – Lost in the Cañon by Alfred R. Calhoun
  13. You must pole, I think, when you go up a fast stream? – The Lure of the North by Harold Bindloss
  14. Water and land make up the whole, From East to West, from pole to pole. – Memories of Childhood's Slavery Days by Annie L. Burton
  15. Was I in Egypt, or at the North Pole, that you could not find me, to treat me like a friend? – A Simpleton by Charles Reade
  16. The pole star was hidden; still Geoffrey kept on walking as fast as he could, trying to keep a straight line. – Greene Ferne Farm by Richard Jefferies
  17. Some called to him to fly, when the pole swept the air above the people's heads, and the man's saddle was empty in an instant. – The World's Greatest Books, Vol III by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
  18. Get a side pole, don't you understand?" – The-Circus-Boys-Across-the-Continent-or-Winning-New-Laurels-on-the-Tanbark by Darlington, Edgar B. P.
  19. " But between ourselves, if I'd known that he was going to stay all that time at the South Pole-" " That's true," broke in Marie. – Arsene Lupin by Edgar Jepson Maurice Leblanc