ski pole


Definition of 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 Owners can add a large sun pad that gives space for lounging and storage for water toys underneath or affix a ski pole for watersports. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 25 May 2021 But no avalanche debris was found—a ski pole holding up the front of the tent was still standing—and the original investigation determined that the slope was too shallow to generate an avalanche. Douglas Preston, The New Yorker, 10 May 2021 At one point Milligan duct-taped his ice ax to a ski pole as a precaution. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Feb. 2021 Water or too much compression—say by gripping a ski pole all morning—can cause down tufts to collapse, robbing them of their insulating ability. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, 22 Jan. 2021 Heavenly ski resort at South Lake Tahoe reported a snow depth of 18 inches, meaning a good poke with a ski pole could hit solid rock. Steve Rubenstein,, 28 Nov. 2020 After 48 days and more than 760 miles alone across Antarctica, the daily ache of my hands—cracked with cold, gripping my ski poles 12 hours a day—had become like a drumbeat, forming the rhythm of my existence. The Editors, Outside Online, 26 Jan. 2020 The victorious Italian is one of the most flamboyant racers, and seemed at the limit making some turns before losing a ski pole landing a jump near the end. Graham Dunbar, The Denver Post, 14 Dec. 2019 The Pacific Crest Trail is snow-covered into Desolation Wilderness as far as Aloha Lake, but some ambitious hikers with crampons and ski poles are making the trek, anyway. Tom Stienstra,, 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of ski pole

1920, in the meaning defined above

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“Ski pole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ski pole

: one of two long sticks that are used to control your movements and balance while you are skiing


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