pole vault


: a vault with the aid of a pole
specifically : a field event consisting of a vault for height over a crossbar
pole-vault intransitive verb
or pole vault
pole-vaulter noun
or pole vaulter

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The last event added was the girls pole vault in 1995. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Feb. 2023 Girls First Team: Faith Kingsley — 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles and long jump. Girls Second Team: Finley Devins — pole vault; Makayla Kingsley — 100m hurdles; Jillian McArdle — 300m hurdles. Rich Heileman, cleveland, 17 June 2022 In the boys pole vault, Gilbert Highland junior Zach Bingham cleared a personal-record 15 feet, 9 inches to win the championship a day after taking the Mesa Red Mountain Rampage title with a PR of 15-6. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 26 Mar. 2022 Carthy won the boys pole vault at 10-6. Junior Collin Harris of Dorsey won the long jump title at 23 feet 3/4 inch. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2021 Hoover’s Carter Ellis and Collin Pate finishing 1-2 in the boys’ pole vault, with Ellis clearing 15-7 and Pate clearing 14-6. al, 2 Apr. 2022 Most of us think of this as a way to mentally rehearse technical skills, such as shooting hoops or perfecting form for events like the high jump or pole vault. Richard A. Lovett, Outside Online, 28 Dec. 2020 And now Cadillac appears poised to pole vault over that screen with an even bigger one in the Celestiq. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 12 Jan. 2021 In the Holiday Invitational in Landover on Dec. 22, Gabriel Curriden cleared 9 feet in the pole vault. Bill Blewett, Baltimore Sun, 4 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pole vault was in 1877

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Cite this Entry

“Pole vault.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pole%20vault. Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

pole vault

: a track-and-field event in which contestants use a pole to jump for height over a crossbar
pole-vault verb
pole-vaulter noun

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