- 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.
- 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
Related formspole·less, adjectiveun·poled, adjective
Examples from the Web for poling
Poling lives in the same house he grew up in which, though still unassuming from the street, is much bigger now.
Suddenly, the medical bills that once plagued Poling were no longer an issue.
What if, Poling asks, Jackson never reached the age of accountability?
A cart has just gone past bearing a strange load among the carts of spring; they are talking of poling the hops.Field and Hedgerow|Richard Jefferies
On the 2nd we were engaged in poling the canoes through the dangerous river, and in the operation two were capsized.
Those who have seen him poling cascos against the stream of the Pasig will admit this.The Inhabitants of the Philippines|Frederic H. Sawyer
He was standing up in a flat-bottomed boat, poling down stream towards them, with the vigor and skill of a young Indian.Mary Ware in Texas|Annie F. Johnston
He sat down, poling as well as he could from the new position.The Lion's Share|E. Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for poling (1 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for poling (2 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for poling (3 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 poling (4 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
Medicine definitions for poling
Science definitions for poling
- 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 poling
see low man on the totem pole; not touch with a ten-foot pole.