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 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, "This Arctic Explorer Was One Tent Pole Away from Death," 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, "Mikaela Shiffrin gets third in World Cup super-G, Italians go 1-2," 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,, "Snow thaw means Sierra campgrounds finally opening for summer," 20 June 2019 My arms slam ski poles into crunchy snow to help my balance. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "Why You Should Ski Uphill This Spring," 29 Apr. 2019 Nordic walking is not very different from regular walking—you’re just adding ski poles to your hands. Karen Asp, SELF, "Nordic Walking Is My Favorite Form of Cardio—Here’s Why You Should Try It," 10 Feb. 2019 Marit Bjoergen crossed the finish line, thrust her ski poles in the air and was promptly mobbed by teammates. Steve Reed,, "Marit Bjoergen ties Winter Olympic record with 13th medal," 17 Feb. 2018 Walker fell from a ski-lift chair and landed on a ski pole, puncturing his heart. Matt Wyatt, Houston Chronicle, "Actor Clint Walker, star of TV show 'Cheyenne,' dead at 90," 22 May 2018 Franzel spoke as a pair of technicians hammered, stretched and sawed off the ski poles of a Swiss athlete who wanted them shortened. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "Repair shop integral part of competition at Paralympics," 15 Mar. 2018

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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 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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