There are 4 definitions of pole in English:

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noun

1A long, slender, rounded piece of wood or metal, typically used with one end placed in the ground as a support for something: a tent pole
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  • But the Transport Research Laboratory has been working on a breakable fence with metal pins between the pole and support.
  • The piece is based on a flock of birds in flight - long white poles support wing-shaped metal triangles in a curved line which echoes the movement of a flock.
  • Another year passes and not so much as a tent pole in the ground.
Synonyms
post, pillar, stanchion, standard, paling, pale, stake, stick, picket, palisade, support, prop, batten, mast, bar, shaft, rail, rod, beam, spar, crosspiece, upright, vertical; staff, stave, cane, spike, baton, truncheon
1.1A young tree with a straight slender trunk and no lower branches: new poles should be protected from grazing livestock
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  • The vines were trained up trees and also on trellises on poles of willow.
  • Thicker poles are heavy enough to be freestanding.
1.2 short for ski pole.
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  • Toko will also introduce a cross country ski pole tube to protect poles while in transit.
  • I ski a wide stance with short poles, with a pole always in the snow.
  • Visually impaired skiers follow the sound of the guide's skis and poles on the snow.
1.3A wooden shaft fitted to the front of a cart or carriage drawn by animals and attached to their yokes or collars.
1.4A simple fishing rod: they tell you on the tin that their tuna is entirely caught with pole and line
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  • There is, however, a Byzantium illustration depicting what appears to be a fishing rod or pole.
  • Then, lift the pole so the hook and the bulk shot is clear of the water.
  • Year-round you'll find young fishing enthusiasts as well as elderly fishermen relaxing on the wooden pier with their poles and bait.
2 historical , chiefly British another term for perch3 (sense 1).
2.1 (also square pole) another term for perch3 (sense 2).

verb

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Propel (a boat) by pushing a pole against the bottom of a river, canal, or lake: the boatman appeared, poling a small gondola [no object]: they poled slowly across to the other bank
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  • If, for example, after grounding the operator tries to power off instead of calling for assistance or poling the boat to deeper water, it will create a ‘blow hole’ in the grass bed about the size of the hull.
  • Parvat stopped poling the boat and thought for a moment.
  • Kartik and Sanyas take turns poling the boat, the pole dramatic against the sky.

Origin

late Old English pāl (in early use without reference to thickness or length), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch paal and German Pfahl, based on Latin palus 'stake'.

Phrases

under bare poles

Sailing With no sail set: if it really blows you’ll end up under bare poles
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  • Even under bare poles a sailboat will heel right over, at least to decks awash, in hurricane force conditions.
  • It's powering under bare poles on a day which is ideal for all sail aloft and, unless I've forgotten what she looks like, that's surely Crusty Lady Lily heading for the Gap.
  • Sails were down and it was running under bare poles before the wind.

up the pole

informal
1British Mad: taxes can be enough to drive you up the pole
Synonyms
mad, crazy, insane, out of one's mind, deranged, demented, distracted
informal mental, off one's head, out of one's head, off one's nut, nutty, off one's rocker, round the bend, raving mad, stark staring/raving mad, bats, batty, bonkers, bananas, loco
British informal barmy, crackers, round the twist
North American informal buggy, nutsy, nutso
2chiefly Irish Pregnant: young Sharon’s after getting herself up the pole
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  • She said I had shamed them enough without flying in the face of God trying to crack on I was a virgin when everyone on the street knew I was up the pole.

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Pronunciation: ˈapəzit
adjective
apt in the circumstances or relation to something

There are 4 definitions of pole in English:

pole2

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noun

1Either of the two locations ( North Pole or South Pole) on the surface of the earth (or of a celestial object) which are the northern and southern ends of the axis of rotation. See also magnetic pole.
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  • The logic of the correction was to visualise a human form straddling the celestial North Pole and orientated with his feet toward the ground.
  • Moreover, depending on the station's location relative to the pole and the season, it could be subject to extended periods of darkness.
  • In the polar world, there are three classic expeditions, the North Pole, the South Pole and the Greenland Ice Cap.
1.1 Geometry Either of the two points at which the axis of a circle cuts the surface of a sphere.
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  • Like the lines of longitude on Earth, each great circle eventually intersects with every other great circle at the poles of the sphere.
  • Ibrahim proves in this work that the stereographic projection maps circles which do not pass through the pole of projection onto circles.
  • You could try simply pushing the poles of a sphere toward each other, as if to make them pass through each other and change places.
1.2 Geometry A fixed point to which other points or lines are referred, e.g. the origin of polar coordinates or the point of which a line or curve is a polar.
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  • Sturm's theoretical work in mathematical physics involved the study of caustic curves, and poles and polars of conic sections.
  • His development of the pole and polar lines associated with conics led to the principle of duality.
  • Hence, we can produce poles, polars, points, geodesics, angles, and so forth readily by converting back to the Poincare model.
1.3 Biology An extremity of the main axis of a cell, organ, or part.
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  • The PAS-protein stain revealed that the cells at the shoot pole have a dense cytoplasm.
  • Kinetochore microtubule bundles link sister chromosomes to the poles.
  • The cytoplasm at the posterior pole is distinguished by large organelles, the polar granules, which contain both proteins and RNAs.
1.4Each of the two opposite points on the surface of a magnet at which magnetic forces are strongest.
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  • Physically, they were like the opposite poles of a magnet.
  • This attraction is similar to that of two opposite poles of a magnet.
  • Accountability to the Treasury is the opposite pole of the magnet to entrepreneurial spirit.
1.5Each of two terminals (positive and negative) of an electric cell, battery, or machine.
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  • Water molecules have poles of positive and negative electric charge that are known to create attractive forces between cells, known as van der Waals forces.
1.6One of two opposed or contradictory principles or ideas: Miriam and Rebecca represent two poles in the argument about transracial adoption
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  • Two recent front page stories in this newspaper represent the poles of opinion on crime and punishment.
  • After the fiery blast of energy that revitalized popular music-making, artists moved to the opposite pole.
  • This zero-degree photography embodied the opposite pole of the daguerreotype's infinite clarity.
Synonyms
extremity, extreme, limit
rare antipode

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin polus 'end of an axis', from Greek polos 'pivot, axis, sky'.

Phrases

be poles apart

Have nothing in common: the two sisters had ceased to communicate with each other—their ideas were now poles apart
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  • Given that politically, we are poles apart, there is quite a lot of common ground.
  • In its emphasis on self-knowledge gained through the study of poetry and heroes, Emerson's idea of self-reliance is poles apart from the modern notion of self-esteem.
  • If you've never watched it live before, do it at some point in your life - it'll make you realise why this country and the US will always be poles apart, but why we're all bred to have a soft spot for Hollywood in the first place.
Synonyms
completely different, as different as they could be, widely separated, directly opposed, antithetical, incompatible, irreconcilable, miles/worlds apart, at opposite extremes/poles, like night and day; Britishlike chalk and cheese
rare antipodal

Derivatives

poleward

adjective
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  • High mountain ranges, especially those with a large north - south frontage, act as barriers to east - west circulation and force the atmospheric circulation into poleward diversions.
  • But in the short-term, poleward range expansions of temperate-zone species will provide the major mechanism by which boreal and arctic diversity might increase.
  • The relatively constant speed of a chromosome during poleward and antipoleward motion is difficult to explain from the behavior of conventional ATP-dependent motor proteins.

polewards

adjective & adverb

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pole3

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noun

short for pole position.
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  • Hearn, who like Schmidt resides in Henderson, Nev., has a victory and two poles in the IndyCar Series.
  • But now to come here and drive for a team that is as big as it is with the Rahal-Letterman and to get not only their first pole for them at Homestead, it was my first pole, and now it's all of our first poles here again at Indy.
  • He started from the pole and captured the checkered flag driving a truck for Richard Childress.

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There are 4 definitions of pole in English:

Pole4

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noun

A native or inhabitant of Poland, or a person of Polish descent.
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  • Right-wing renegades - an English-speaker and a Pole, rather than Afrikaners - were responsible.
  • What about the Indians, the Pakistanis, the Italians, the Poles and the English.
  • Our films speak only to 40 million Poles in Poland and a few more millions abroad.

Origin

via German from Polish Polanie, literally 'field-dwellers', from pole 'field'.

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