south pole


Definition of south pole

1a often capitalized S&P : the southernmost point of the earth
b : the zenith of the heavens as viewed from the south terrestrial pole
2 of a magnet : the pole that points toward the south

Examples of south pole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ice-hunting Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) will land just west of Nobile Crater, which sits near the moon's south pole, NASA officials announced today (Sept. 20). Mike Wall, Scientific American, 22 Sep. 2021 Smith and his team also found evidence of smectites along Mars's south pole after analyzing visible and infrared light data collected from the region. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Aug. 2021 To know for sure what lies underneath Mars's south pole, researchers will need sophisticated instruments that can dip directly into the Martian pole, Gizmodo reports. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Aug. 2021 But there are no fundamental entities that have a unique magnetic charge, like a north pole or south pole by itself. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 Data from a radar instrument on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter suggested in 2018 that there may be deep subsurface lakes beneath the Martian south pole's ice cap. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 20 Aug. 2021 But the south pole on Mars hasn't always been frozen. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 20 Aug. 2021 While previous Luna missions primarily explored middle-latitude regions of the moon, Luna 25 is going to its south pole, a geological area that interests NASA and Jeff Bezos alike. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, 18 July 2021 The plumes were first discovered in 2006 when the Cassini spacecraft spotted the geysers shooting water and other organic materials at high velocities hundreds of miles into space near the moon's south pole, reports Passant Rabie for Inverse. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 July 2021

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First Known Use of south pole

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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27 Oct 2021

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south pole

noun, often capitalized S&P

Kids Definition of south pole

1 : the most southern point of the earth : the southern end of the earth's axis
2 : the end of a magnet that points toward the south when the magnet is free to swing

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