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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Freeride removes the ski pole-specific pre-curve and gets rid of the outside stitching that skiers like for better grip. Outside Online, 6 Mar. 2019 The sled was attached via a waist harness, and Banas pulled it along with the aid of a ski pole in each hand. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Feb. 2022 Après version: Use a ski pole (over ski pants, for glide) to roll out your legs, as described above. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, 30 Nov. 2019 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 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Ski pole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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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