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pole vault

Pronunciation: /ˈpōl vôlt/


(the pole vault)
1An athletic event in which competitors attempt to vault over a high bar with the end of an extremely long flexible pole held in the hands and used to give extra spring.
Example sentences
  • We are very strong here in Sligo on the track, but quite weak in some field events such as pole vault, high jump and hammer.
  • Her twin sister Lindsay, a former heptathlete at Brown University, now competes in pole vault and finished eighth at 2004 Trials.
  • We're used to the triple jump and pole vault, having watched them for years.
1.1A vault performed in the pole vault athletic event.
Example sentences
  • The 26-year-old from Essex paid the price for a poor pole vault on Tuesday afternoon which moved him out of contention for a medal and he began the final event in fifth place
  • Macey had seen his chances of a medal disappear earlier in the day, thanks to a poor pole vault where he only managed 4.40m.
  • But you can't beat the rhythmic clapping of fans before a dramatic pole vault or jump attempt.


(pole-vault) [no object]
Perform a pole vault.
Example sentences
  • She learned to hang-glide, to pole-vault, to jump with ease on skateboard and ski.
  • And in a movie that's a decathlon of bad acting and worse accents, she can out pole-vault, run, shotput and triple-jump the very worst this movie can throw up.
  • Ryan's of Parkgate Street announced with some fanfare that it had a special Greek menu to celebrate the Olympics, so I pole-vaulted down with my broadcaster friend.



Pronunciation: /ˈpōlˌvôltər/
Example sentences
  • In fact, the athlete's height plays a much less significant role than in the high jump: several world-class male pole-vaulters have been under six feet.
  • In addition, two first-year pole-vaulters set school records in their first actual competition of the season.
  • Today's top pole-vaulters can jump a lot higher than 12 feet.


Pronunciation: /ˈpōlˌvôltiNG/
Example sentences
  • I have no quarrel with Thomas Jones's account of the mathematics of pole-vaulting, but feel he hasn't told the whole story.
  • Another traditional sport popular in Friesland is fierljeppen, a form of pole-vaulting.
  • Part of pole-vaulting's appeal lay in its not being something we were able to do ourselves.

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Syllabification: pole vault

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