Origin of pole-vault

First recorded in 1890–95
Related formspole-vault·er, noun

pole vault

noun Track.
  1. a field event in which a leap or vault over a crossbar is performed with the aid of a long pole.
  2. a leap or vault so performed.

Origin of pole vault

First recorded in 1890–95
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Historical Examples of pole-vault

  • Only the shot-put, the 880 yards run, the pole-vault and the two miles remained.

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    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • I was surprised to see Simpson drop to third in the pole-vault, but this weakness was undoubtedly due to the bad weather.

British Dictionary definitions for pole-vault

pole vault

  1. the pole vault a field event in which competitors attempt to clear a high bar with the aid of an extremely flexible long pole
  2. a single attempt in the pole vault
verb pole-vault
  1. (intr) to perform a pole vault or compete in the pole vault
Derived Formspole-vaulter, noun
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Word Origin and History for pole-vault

1877, from pole (n.1) + vault (n.2). As a verb from 1892 (implied in pole-vaulting). Related: Pole-vaulted.

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