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pole

noun \ ˈpōl \

Definition of pole

1 a :a long slender usually cylindrical object (such 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 (16¹/₂ 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 and Etymology of pole

Middle English, from Old English pāl stake, pole, from Latin palus stake; akin to Latin pangere to fix — more at pact


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pole

verb

Definition of pole

poled; poling
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


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pole

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 and Etymology 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


Pole

noun \ ˈpōl \

Definition of Pole

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

Origin and Etymology of pole

German, of Slavic origin; akin to Polish Polak Pole, Polska Poland, pole field


Pole

biographical name \ ˈpōl , ˈpül \

Definition of Pole

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

POLE Defined for English Language Learners

pole

verb

Definition of pole for English Language Learners

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


Pole

noun

Definition of Pole for English Language Learners

  • : a Polish person


Pole

noun

Definition of Pole for English Language Learners

  • : a Polish person


POLE Defined for Kids

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pole

noun \ ˈpōl \

Definition of pole for Students

:a long straight thin piece of material (as wood or metal)

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pole

noun

Definition of pole for Students

1 :either end of the imaginary line on which the earth or another planet turns
2 :either of the two ends of a magnet

Pole

noun \ ˈpōl \

Definition of Pole for Students

:a person born or living in Poland

Medical Dictionary

pole

noun \ ˈpōl \

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


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