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pole

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noun \ˈpōl\

Definition of pole

  1. 1a :  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 :  tonguec :  a long staff of wood, metal, or fiberglass used in the pole vault

  2. 2 :  a varying unit of length; especially :  one equal to a rod (1612 feet or about 5 meters)

  3. 3 :  a tree with a breast-high diameter of from 4 to 12 inches (10 to 30 centimeters)

  4. 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

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poling

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to act upon with a pole

  3. 2 :  to impel or push with a pole

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to propel a boat with a pole

  6. 2 :  to use ski poles to gain speed

First Known Use of pole

1573


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pole

noun

Definition of pole

  1. 1 :  either extremity of an axis of a sphere and especially of the earth's axis

  2. 2a :  either of two related oppositesb :  a point of guidance or attraction

  3. 3a :  either of the two terminals of an electric cell, battery, generator, or motorb :  one of two or more regions in a magnetized body at which the magnetic flux density is concentrated

  4. 4 :  either of two morphologically or physiologically differentiated areas at opposite ends of an axis in an organism or cell — see blastula illustration

  5. 5a :  the fixed point in a system of polar coordinates that serves as the originb :  the point of origin of two tangents to a conic section that determine a polar

poles apart

  1. :  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

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noun \ˈpōl\

Definition of Pole

  1. 1 :  a native or inhabitant of Poland

  2. 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

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biographical name \ˈpōl, ˈpül\

Definition of Pole

  1. 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 Defined for Kids

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pole

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noun \ˈpōl\

Definition of pole for Students

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


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pole

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noun

Definition of pole for Students

  1. 1 :  either end of the imaginary line on which the earth or another planet turns

  2. 2 :  either of the two ends of a magnet


Pole

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noun \ˈpōl\

Definition of Pole for Students

  1. :  a person born or living in Poland


Medical Dictionary

pole

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noun \ˈpōl\

Medical Definition of pole

  1. 1a:  either of the two terminals of an electric cell, battery, generator, or motorb:  one of two or more regions in a magnetized body at which the magnetic flux density is concentrated

  2. 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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