- a light spar.
- that part of a mast between the uppermost standing rigging and the truck.
Idioms about pole
- Nautical. (of a sailing ship) with no sails set, as during a violent storm.
- stripped; naked; destitute: The thugs robbed him and left him under bare poles.
Origin of pole1
OTHER WORDS FROM polepoleless, adjectiveun·poled, adjective
Words nearby pole
Other definitions for pole (2 of 4)
- either end of an ideal axis in a nucleus, cell, or ovum, about which parts are more or less symmetrically arranged.
- either end of a spindle-shaped figure formed in a cell during mitosis.
- the place at which a cell extension or process begins, as a nerve cell axon or a flagellum.
- a singular point at which a given function of a complex variable can be expanded in a Laurent series beginning with a specified finite, negative power of the variable.
- origin (def. 6b).
Origin of pole2
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How to use pole in a sentence
When that wind hits our planet's magnetic shield, it’s attracted to the poles, which excites the gases in our atmosphere.
The sun rotates faster at its equator than at its poles, and since it’s not a solid sphere, its magnetic field constantly roils and swirls around.Solar storms can wreak havoc. We need better space weather forecasts|Ramin Skibba|February 26, 2021|Science News
I also remember seeing teams of people walking the streets at all hours wiping down poles and cleaning public benches.Why are we still disinfecting surfaces to stop COVID-19?|By Hassan Vally/The Conversation|February 24, 2021|Popular-Science
Most of the time, the poles stay relatively in the same place, but when they go for a large wander away from their normal spot, it’s called an excursion.A geomagnetic curveball 42,000 years ago changed our planet forever|Sara Kiley Watson|February 24, 2021|Popular-Science
They further suggest that, as the Earth continues to warm from rising levels of greenhouse gases, this process could be a major new mechanism for accelerating the loss of sea ice at the poles — one that no global climate model currently incorporates.Cloud-Making Aerosol Could Devastate Polar Sea Ice|Max Kozlov|February 23, 2021|Quanta Magazine
Occasionally a pamphlet for a salsa class might be tossed on a doorstop or stuck on a pole near a bus stop.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread|IranWire|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
World GDP (including North Pole toyshop gross output) is $84.97 trillion.
It seems to me that both sides need to move toward the “staying connected” pole.
Both political parties, and the President, have moved too close to the “standing alone” pole.
“The street pole that tells a wonderful story,” Maria told the assemblage.How Brooklyn’s First Ice Cream Girl Fought City Hall–and Won|Michael Daly|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Knowing by experience that he would soon be up to it, he used his pole with all his might, hoping to steer clear of it.
Edmund de la Pole, earl of Suffolk, on account of his near relationship to the house of York, beheaded.
Then, having shot nothing that day, he turned towards the Pole with a feeling of disappointment.
Truly it was a most enjoyable season and experience, but there is no joy without its alley here below—not even at the North Pole!
The French navigator, De Pages, passed the 81st degree of north latitude, in an attempt to reach the pole.
British Dictionary definitions for pole (1 of 4)
- the inside lane of a racecourse
- (as modifier)the pole position
- one of a number of markers placed at intervals of one sixteenth of a mile along the side of a racecourse
- any light spar
- the part of a mast between the head and the attachment of the uppermost shrouds
- slightly mad
- mistaken; on the wrong track
- to set out (an area of land or garden) with poles
- to support (a crop, such as hops or beans) on poles
Word Origin for pole
British Dictionary definitions for pole (2 of 4)
- either of the two regions at the extremities of a magnet to which the lines of force converge or from which they diverge
- either of two points or regions in a piece of material, system, etc, at which there are opposite electric charges, as at the two terminals of a battery
- either end of the axis of a cell, spore, ovum, or similar body
- either end of the spindle formed during the metaphase of mitosis and meiosis
Word Origin for pole
British Dictionary definitions for pole (3 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for pole (4 of 4)
Scientific definitions for pole
- Either of the points at which an axis that passes through the center of a sphere intersects the surface of the sphere.
- The fixed point used as a reference in a system of polar coordinates. It corresponds to the origin in the Cartesian coordinate system.
- Geography Either of the points at which the Earth's axis of rotation intersects the Earth's surface; the North Pole or South Pole.
- Either of the two similar points on another planet.
- Either of the two points at the extremities of the axis of an organ or body.
- Either end of the spindle formed in a cell during mitosis.
Other Idioms and Phrases with pole
see low man on the totem pole; not touch with a ten-foot pole.