pole

A pole is a rounded stick or rod, usually made of wood, plastic, or metal. You need a pole for hanging a flag, catching fish, or setting up a tent.

There are many kinds of poles, from the poles skiers use to balance and push themselves forward to the long, flexible pole a pole vaulter uses to help her jump over a high bar. When someone mentions the North or South Pole, they mean the points on either side of the Earth that mark the ends of its axis of rotation. This kind of pole comes from the Latin polus, "end of an axis" or "the heavens."

Primary Meanings of pole

1.
nv
a long (usually round) rod of wood or metal or plastic
propel with a pole
2.
n
one of two points of intersection of the Earth's axis and the celestial sphere
3.
n
a linear measure of 16.5 feet
Full Definitions of pole
1

n a long (usually round) rod of wood or metal or plastic

Types:
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barge pole
a long pole used to propel or guide a barge
boom, microphone boom
a pole carrying an overhead microphone projected over a film or tv set
caber
a heavy wooden pole (such as the trunk of a young fir) that is tossed as a test of strength (in the Highlands of northern Scotland)
clothes tree, coat stand, coat tree
an upright pole with pegs or hooks on which to hang clothing
mast
any sturdy upright pole
ski pole
a pole with metal points used as an aid in skiing
spar
a stout rounded pole of wood or metal used to support rigging
stilt
one of two stout poles with foot rests in the middle; used for walking high above the ground
boom
any of various more-or-less horizontal spars or poles used to extend the foot of a sail or for handling cargo or in mooring
bowsprit
a spar projecting from the bow of a vessel
dolphin striker, martingale
spar under the bowsprit of a sailboat
gaff
a spar rising aft from a mast to support the head of a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail
jibboom
a spar that extends the bowsprit
mast
a vertical spar for supporting sails
sprit
a light spar that crosses a fore-and-aft sail diagonally
yard
a long horizontal spar tapered at the end and used to support and spread a square sail or lateen
Type of:
rod
a long thin implement made of metal or wood

n a long fiberglass sports implement used for pole vaulting

Type of:
sports implement
an implement used in a sport

v propel with a pole

pole barges on the river”
Synonyms:
punt
Type of:
impel, propel
cause to move forward with force

v support on poles

pole climbing plants like beans”
Type of:
hold, hold up, support, sustain
be the physical support of; carry the weight of

v deoxidize molten metals by stirring them with a wooden pole

Type of:
deoxidise, deoxidize, reduce
to remove oxygen from a compound, or cause to react with hydrogen or form a hydride, or to undergo an increase in the number of electrons
2

n one of two points of intersection of the Earth's axis and the celestial sphere

Synonyms:
celestial pole
Examples:
north celestial pole
the celestial pole above the northern hemisphere; near Polaris
south celestial pole
the celestial pole above the southern hemisphere
Type of:
celestial point
a point in the heavens (on the celestial sphere)

n one of two antipodal points where the Earth's axis of rotation intersects the Earth's surface

Examples:
North Pole
the northernmost point of the Earth's axis
South Pole
the southernmost point of the Earth's axis
Type of:
geographic point, geographical point
a point on the surface of the Earth

n one of the two ends of a magnet where the magnetism seems to be concentrated

Synonyms:
magnetic pole
Types:
negative magnetic pole, negative pole, south-seeking pole
the pole of a magnet that points toward the south when the magnet is suspended freely
north-seeking pole, positive magnetic pole, positive pole
the pole of a magnet that points toward the north when the magnet is suspended freely
Type of:
end, terminal
either extremity of something that has length

n a contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves

Synonyms:
terminal
Types:
anode
the negatively charged terminal of a voltaic cell or storage battery that supplies current
negative pole
the terminal of a battery that is connected to the negative plate
positive pole
the terminal of a battery that is connected to the positive plate
Type of:
contact, tangency
(electronics) a junction where things (as two electrical conductors) touch or are in physical contact

n one of two divergent or mutually exclusive opinions

“they are at opposite poles
“they are poles apart”
Type of:
opinion, persuasion, reckoning, sentiment, thought, view
a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty
3

n a linear measure of 16.5 feet

Synonyms:
perch, rod
Type of:
linear measure, linear unit
a unit of measurement of length

n a square rod of land

Synonyms:
perch, rod
Type of:
area unit, square measure
a system of units used to measure areas

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