Definitions for: Pole


[n] a long (usually round) rod of wood or metal or plastic
[n] one of the two ends of a magnet where the magnetism seems to be concentrated
[n] a long fiberglass sports implement used for pole vaulting
[n] a contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves
[n] one of two divergent or mutually exclusive opinions; "they are at opposite poles" or"they are poles apart"
[n] one of two antipodal points where the Earth's axis of rotation intersects the Earth's surface
[n] one of two points of intersection of the Earth's axis and the celestial sphere
[n] a native or inhabitant of Poland
[n] a square rod of land
[n] (British) a linear measure of 16.5 feet
[v] deoxidize molten metals by stirring them with a wooden pole
[v] support on poles, of climbing plants, such as beans
[v] propel with a pole; of barges on rivers, for example



Webster (1913) Definition: Pole, n. [Cf. G. Pole a Pole, Polen Poland.]
A native or inhabitant of Poland; a Polander.


Pole, n. [As. p[=a]l, L. palus, akin to pangere to make
fast. Cf. Pale a stake, Pact.]
1. A long, slender piece of wood; a tall, slender piece of
timber; the stem of a small tree whose branches have been
removed; as, specifically:
(a) A carriage pole, a wooden bar extending from the front
axle of a carriage between the wheel horses, by which
the carriage is guided and held back.
(b) A flag pole, a pole on which a flag is supported.
(c) A Maypole. See Maypole.
(d) A barber's pole, a pole painted in stripes, used as a
sign by barbers and hairdressers.
(e) A pole on which climbing beans, hops, or other vines,
are trained.

2. A measuring stick; also, a measure of length equal to 5?
yards, or a square measure equal to 30? square yards; a
rod; a perch. --Bacon.

Pole bean (Bot.), any kind of bean which is customarily
trained on poles, as the scarlet runner or the Lima bean.


Pole flounder (Zo["o]l.), a large deep-water flounder
(Glyptocephalus cynoglossus), native of the northern
coasts of Europe and America, and much esteemed as a food
fish; -- called also craig flounder, and pole fluke.


Pole lathe, a simple form of lathe, or a substitute for a
lathe, in which the work is turned by means of a cord
passing around it, one end being fastened to the treadle,
and the other to an elastic pole above.

Pole mast (Naut.), a mast formed from a single piece or
from a single tree.

Pole of a lens (Opt.), the point where the principal axis
meets the surface.

Pole plate (Arch.), a horizontal timber resting on the
tiebeams of a roof and receiving the ends of the rafters.
It differs from the plate in not resting on the wall.


Pole, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Poled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Poling.]
1. To furnish with poles for support; as, to pole beans or
hops.

2. To convey on poles; as, to pole hay into a barn.

3. To impel by a pole or poles, as a boat.

4. To stir, as molten glass, with a pole.


Pole, n. [L. polus, Gr. ? a pivot or hinge on which
anything turns, an axis, a pole; akin to ? to move: cf. F.
p[^o]le.]
1. Either extremity of an axis of a sphere; especially, one
of the extremities of the earth's axis; as, the north
pole.

2. (Spherics) A point upon the surface of a sphere equally
distant from every part of the circumference of a great
circle; or the point in which a diameter of the sphere
perpendicular to the plane of such circle meets the
surface. Such a point is called the pole of that circle;
as, the pole of the horizon; the pole of the ecliptic; the
pole of a given meridian.

3. (Physics) One of the opposite or contrasted parts or
directions in which a polar force is manifested; a point
of maximum intensity of a force which has two such points,
or which has polarity; as, the poles of a magnet; the
north pole of a needle.

4. The firmament; the sky. [Poetic]

Shoots against the dusky pole. --Milton.

5. (Geom.) See Polarity, and Polar, n.

Magnetic pole. See under Magnetic.

Poles of the earth, or Terrestrial poles (Geog.), the two
opposite points on the earth's surface through which its
axis passes.

Poles of the heavens, or Celestial poles, the two
opposite points in the celestial sphere which coincide
with the earth's axis produced, and about which the
heavens appear to revolve.

Synonyms: celestial pole, magnetic pole, perch, punt, rod, terminal

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