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1pole

noun \ˈpōl\

Definition of POLE

1
a :  a long slender usually cylindrical object (as a length of wood)
b :  a shaft which extends from the front axle of a wagon between wheelhorses and by which the wagon is drawn :  tongue
c :  a long staff of wood, metal, or fiberglass used in the pole vault
2
:  a varying unit of length; especially :  one equal to a rod (1612 feet or about 5 meters)
3
:  a tree with a breast-high diameter of from 4 to 12 inches (10 to 30 centimeters)
4
:  the inside front row position on the starting line for a race

Origin of POLE

Middle English, from Old English pāl stake, pole, from Latin palus stake; akin to Latin pangere to fix — more at pact
First Known Use: before 12th century

2pole

verb

: to move (a boat) by using a pole to push against the bottom of a river, lake, etc.

poledpol·ing

Full Definition of POLE

transitive verb
1
:  to act upon with a pole
2
:  to impel or push with a pole
intransitive verb
1
:  to propel a boat with a pole
2
:  to use ski poles to gain speed

First Known Use of POLE

1573

3pole

noun

Definition of POLE

1
:  either extremity of an axis of a sphere and especially of the earth's axis
2
a :  either of two related opposites
b :  a point of guidance or attraction
3
a :  either of the two terminals of an electric cell, battery, generator, or motor
b :  one of two or more regions in a magnetized body at which the magnetic flux density is concentrated
4
:  either of two morphologically or physiologically differentiated areas at opposite ends of an axis in an organism or cell — see blastula illustration
5
a :  the fixed point in a system of polar coordinates that serves as the origin
b :  the point of origin of two tangents to a conic section that determine a polar
poles apart
:  diametrically opposed

Origin of POLE

Middle English, from Latin polus, from Greek polos pivot, pole; akin to Greek pelesthai to become, Sanskrit carati he moves, wanders — more at wheel
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Cartography Terms

Robinson projection, benchmark, plat, projection, topography

Pole

noun \ˈpōl\

Definition of POLE

1
:  a native or inhabitant of Poland
2
:  a person of Polish descent

Origin of POLE

German, of Slavic origin; akin to Polish Polak Pole, Polska Poland, pole field
First Known Use: 1535

Pole

biographical name \ˈpōl, ˈpül\

Definition of POLE

Reginald 1500–1558 Eng. cardinal; archbishop of Canterbury (1556–58)

pole

noun \ˈpōl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of POLE

1
a :  either of the two terminals of an electric cell, battery, generator, or motor b :  one of two or more regions in a magnetized body at which the magnetic flux density is concentrated
2
:  either of two morphologically or physiologically differentiated areas at opposite ends of an axis in an organism, organ, or cell—see animal pole, vegetal pole
May 29, 2015
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