- a light spar.
- that part of a mast between the uppermost standing rigging and the truck.
verb (used with object), poled, pol·ing.
verb (used without object), poled, pol·ing.
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Idioms for 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
Definition 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
Definition for pole (3 of 4)
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Example sentences from the Web for pole
Pick your weaponThe simplest type of spear gun is a pole spear.
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.
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.
Then he took from them the end of the rope they carried and poled back into the pool.The Cat of Bubastes|G. A. Henty
With the emotions of a man suddenly reprieved from a sentence of death, Marcel poled his canoe out into the current.The Whelps of the Wolf|George Marsh
They poled her off from the captured Spaniard and set their sail with their prow for the south.Sir Nigel|Arthur Conan Doyle
Launching their canoe, they poled her laboriously against the current, which ran fast between its banks of ice.For the Allinson Honor|Harold Bindloss
As they poled toward the bank the woman grasped the man by the arm, dragging him back among the trees.The Daughter of Anderson Crow|George Barr McCutcheon
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)
Medical definitions for pole
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.
Idioms and Phrases with pole
see low man on the totem pole; not touch with a ten-foot pole.