- 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
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
Pick your weaponThe simplest type of spear gun is a pole spear.Take a stab at spearfishing with these tips|Same Romano/Outdoor Life|November 16, 2020|Popular-Science
Nguyen was originally looking for a hip-hop dance studio but stumbled into pole dancing at a time when he felt lost.Know Your Flow: The Good Sh*t Guide to Pole Passions|Eugene Robinson|November 12, 2020|Ozy
At the very least, it makes sense from the standpoint of iOS having long ago taken the pole position in Apple’s software design.macOS Big Sur is now available|Brian Heater|November 12, 2020|TechCrunch
They couldn’t see the bamboo poles marking the road, and wandered off into the darkness.What You Can Learn from Living in Antarctica - Issue 92: Frontiers|Marissa Grunes|November 11, 2020|Nautilus
Elevation gain is negligible, but the terrain is no cakewalk—bring trekking poles.5 of the Country's Most Unique Treks|Outside Editors|November 3, 2020|Outside Online
Bige poled our craft out toward the center of the pond while I strung up my rod and put a white miller on the end of the leader.Lost Pond|Henry Abbott
By good management, however, it was brought safely to the Maumee, up whose sluggish waters the bateaux were laboriously poled.The Old Northwest|Frederic Austin Ogg
Sam took an oar and slowly poled inshore, while I stood up on a seat to watch for fish.
But some time elapsed and we had poled to within a few rods of the mangroves before I really caught sight of our coveted quarry.
So we shall just go up with the wind, or be poled up when there is none, if we aren't tied up under the bank.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
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
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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.