ski pole


: one of a pair of lightweight poles used in skiing that have a handgrip and usually a wrist strap at one end and an encircling disk set above the point at the other end

Examples of ski pole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps not-so-coincidentally, ski poles were also made of bamboo in the mid-1900s, and mountaineers, especially in Europe, sometimes used them to hike alpine terrain. Tiney Ricciardi, The Denver Post, 8 Apr. 2024 The kitesurfing is crazy good Feb. 9, 2024 People fall on ski poles and rupture their spleens. Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2024 The handles are made of hard plastic in a kind of old-school ski pole grip with a polyester wrist strap. Lindsey Lapointe, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 Plus, anti-slip palm grips are excellent for holding onto ski poles with ease, while the pointer finger of each glove is designed with material that’s compatible with touchscreens. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 12 Dec. 2023 The palm is grippy enough to hold onto your ski poles or snowshoeing poles effectively, and the extended length will keep your wrists covered, too. Lauren Breedlove, Travel + Leisure, 31 Oct. 2023 Berger leads, carrying moose head, small backpack, and a ski pole for balance, easily scrambling up a steep snow embankment. Mark Wheeler, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Smith found a free pair of ski poles for his youngest daughter on Facebook Marketplace. Laura Daily, Washington Post, 25 July 2023 Trekking, tent, or ski poles with visible cracks or discoloration are a no-no. Kelly Klein, Outside Online, 4 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ski pole was in 1920

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“Ski pole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

ski pole

: a pole that has an encircling disk set a little above the point and a strap for the hand at the top and is used as an aid in skiing
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