poles; poling; poled

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."

Definitions of pole
  1. noun
    a long (usually round) rod of wood or metal or plastic
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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
    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
    any sturdy upright pole
    ski pole
    a pole with metal points used as an aid in skiing
    a stout rounded pole of wood or metal used to support rigging
    one of two stout poles with foot rests in the middle; used for walking high above the ground
    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
    a spar projecting from the bow of a vessel
    dolphin striker, martingale
    spar under the bowsprit of a sailboat
    a spar rising aft from a mast to support the head of a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail
    a spar that extends the bowsprit
    a vertical spar for supporting sails
    a light spar that crosses a fore-and-aft sail diagonally
    a long horizontal spar tapered at the end and used to support and spread a square sail or lateen
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    a long thin implement made of metal or wood
  2. noun
    a long fiberglass sports implement used for pole vaulting
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    sports implement
    an implement used in a sport
  3. verb
    propel with a pole
    pole barges on the river”
    synonyms: punt
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    impel, propel
    cause to move forward with force
  4. verb
    support on poles
    pole climbing plants like beans”
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    hold, hold up, support, sustain
    be the physical support of; carry the weight of
  5. verb
    deoxidize molten metals by stirring them with a wooden pole
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    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
  6. noun
    one of two points of intersection of the Earth's axis and the celestial sphere
    synonyms: celestial pole
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    north celestial pole
    the celestial pole above the northern hemisphere; near Polaris
    south celestial pole
    the celestial pole above the southern hemisphere
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    celestial point
    a point in the heavens (on the celestial sphere)
  7. noun
    one of two antipodal points where the Earth's axis of rotation intersects the Earth's surface
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    North Pole
    the northernmost point of the Earth's axis
    South Pole
    the southernmost point of the Earth's axis
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    geographic point, geographical point
    a point on the surface of the Earth
  8. noun
    one of the two ends of a magnet where the magnetism seems to be concentrated
    synonyms: magnetic pole
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    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
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    end, terminal
    either extremity of something that has length
  9. noun
    a contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves
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    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
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    contact, tangency
    (electronics) a junction where things (as two electrical conductors) touch or are in physical contact
  10. noun
    one of two divergent or mutually exclusive opinions
    “they are at opposite poles
    “they are poles apart”
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    opinion, persuasion, reckoning, sentiment, thought, view
    a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty
  11. noun
    a linear measure of 16.5 feet
    synonyms: perch, rod
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    linear measure, linear unit
    a unit of measurement of length
  12. noun
    a square rod of land
    synonyms: perch, rod
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    area unit, square measure
    a system of units used to measure areas
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