pole

2
[ pohl ]
/ poʊl /

noun

Idioms

    poles apart/asunder, having widely divergent or completely opposite attitudes, interests, etc.: In education and background they were poles apart.

Origin of pole

2
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin polus < Greek pólos pivot, axis, pole
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British Dictionary definitions for poles apart (1 of 4)

Pole

1
/ (pəʊl) /

noun

a native, inhabitant, or citizen of Poland or a speaker of Polish

British Dictionary definitions for poles apart (2 of 4)

Pole

2
/ (pəʊl) /

noun

Reginald. 1500–58, English cardinal; last Roman Catholic archbishop of Canterbury (1556–58)

British Dictionary definitions for poles apart (3 of 4)

pole

1
/ (pəʊl) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for pole

Old English pāl, from Latin pālus a stake, prop; see pale ²

British Dictionary definitions for poles apart (4 of 4)

pole

2
/ (pəʊl) /

noun

Word Origin for pole

C14: from Latin polus end of an axis, from Greek polos pivot, axis, pole; related to Greek kuklos circle
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Medicine definitions for poles apart

pole

[ pōl ]

n.

Either of the two points at the extremities of the axis of an organ or body.
Either extremity of an axis through a sphere.
Either of two oppositely charged terminals, as in an electric cell.
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Science definitions for poles apart

pole

[ pōl ]

Mathematics
  1. Either of the points at which an axis that passes through the center of a sphere intersects the surface of the sphere.
  2. The fixed point used as a reference in a system of polar coordinates. It corresponds to the origin in the Cartesian coordinate system.
  1. Geography Either of the points at which the Earth's axis of rotation intersects the Earth's surface; the North Pole or South Pole.
  2. Either of the two similar points on another planet.
Physics A magnetic pole.
Electricity Either of two oppositely charged terminals, such as the two electrodes of an electrolytic cell or the electric terminals of a battery.
Biology
  1. Either of the two points at the extremities of the axis of an organ or body.
  2. Either end of the spindle formed in a cell during mitosis.
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Idioms and Phrases with poles apart (1 of 2)

poles apart


In complete opposition, as in The two brothers were poles apart in nearly all their views. This expression alludes to the two extremities of the earth's axis, the North and South poles. [Early 1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with poles apart (2 of 2)

pole


see low man on the totem pole; not touch with a ten-foot pole.

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