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1 a long (usually round) rod of wood or metal or plastic
2 a native or inhabitant of Poland
3 one of two divergent or mutually exclusive opinions; "they are at opposite poles"; "they are poles apart"
4 a linear measure of 16.5 feet [syn: perch, rod]
5 a square rod of land [syn: perch, rod]
6 one of two points of intersection of the Earth's axis and the celestial sphere [syn: celestial pole]
7 one of two antipodal points where the Earth's axis of rotation intersects the Earth's surface
8 a contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves [syn: terminal]
9 a long fiberglass sports implement used for pole vaulting
10 one of the two ends of a magnet where the magnetism seems to be concentrated [syn: magnetic pole]


1 propel with a pole; "pole barges on the river"; "We went punting in Cambridge" [syn: punt]
2 support on poles; "pole climbing plants like beans"
3 deoxidize molten metals by stirring them with a wooden pole

User Contributed Dictionary


Etymology 1

etyl ang pal, from etyl la palus.


rfc-level check placement of Pronunciation
  • a UK /pəʊl/, /p@Ul/
  • a US /poʊl/, /poUl/
    Rhymes: -əʊl
  • Homophones: poll


  1. A long and slender piece of metal, wood etc..
  2. A unit of length. Equal to a rod, a perch, ¼ chain or 5½ yards.
Derived terms
long and slender object
  • Albanian: shtagë
  • Dutch: boom, paal
  • Finnish: seiväs, vapa
  • French: perche
  • German: Stab, Stange
  • Greek: κοντάρι (kontári)
  • Hungarian: rúd, dorong, pálca
  • Italian: palo, asta
  • Malay: galah
  • Polish: pręt
  • Romanian: drug and
  • Russian: жердь (žerd’)
  • Serbian: srg, stub
  • Slovene: drog, palica
  • Spanish: palo, garrocha
  • Swedish: stav
  • Telugu: గడ కర్ర (gaDa karra)
unit of length

Etymology 2

From etyl frm pole, pôle, and its source, etyl la polus, from etyl grc πόλος.


  1. An extreme point of an axis, e.g. magnetically or geographically. (North pole, South pole)
  2. One of two opposing forces or parts, such as on a source of electrical power. (plus minus)
extreme of an axis
  • Arabic: قطب
  • Czech: pól
  • Dutch: pool
  • Finnish: napa
  • French: pôle
  • German: Pol
  • Greek: πόλος (pólos)
  • Icelandic: póll
  • Japanese: (きょく, kyoku)
  • Portuguese: pólo, extremidade
  • Russian: полюс (póljus)
  • Spanish: polo
  • Swedish: pol
opposing force or part
  • Dutch: pool
  • Finnish: napa
  • French: pôle
  • German: Pol
  • Greek: πόλος (pólos)
  • Icelandic: póll
  • Japanese: (きょく, kyoku)
  • Portuguese: pólo
  • Russian: полюс (póljus)
  • Spanish: polo
  • Swedish: pol






  • /ˈpɔlɛ/



Extensive Definition

Pole may refer to:

Cylindrical object

  • A solid cylindrical object with length greater than its diameter e.g:
    • Barber's pole, advertising a barber shop
    • Danish pole, a circus prop
    • Firemen's pole, a wooden pole or a metal tube or pipe installed between floors in fire stations
    • Flag pole, a metal pole from which a flag is hung
    • Lamppost, a raised source of light on the edge of a road
    • Totem pole, monumental sculptures carved from great trees
    • Utility pole, also called a telephone pole, telegraph pole or power pole, a pole that carries utility wires
    • Poles used in sporting and other activities:
      • Dance pole, a pole used for pole dancing
      • Festivus pole, a pole used in the celebration of Festivus that is traditionally made of aluminum
      • Maypole, a tall wooden pole with ornaments, like ribbons, that is danced around
      • Pole bending, a rodeo event that involves riding a horse around six poles arranged in a line
      • Pole vaulting pole, a pole used for pole vaulting
      • Pole-sitting pole, a pole used for pole sitting, which is the practice of sitting on a pole for extended lengths of time
      • Ski pole, a pole used by skiers to improve balance, speed and acceleration
      • Spinnaker pole, a spar used in sailboats to help support and control a variety of headsails, particularly the spinnaker
      • Trekking pole, also called hiking sticks or hiking poles, a pole used for hiking
    • Pole position, in motorsport, the position at the front of the grid (originally marked with a pole)
    • Another name for the rod, a unit of length equal to 11 cubits, 5.0292 meters or 16.5 feet (originally the length of a metal rod, or pole)


  • Geographical pole, either of two fixed points on the surface of a spinning body or planet, at 90 degrees from the equator, based on the axis around which a body spins
    • North Pole, the northernmost point on the surface of the Earth, where the Earth's axis of rotation intersects the Earth's surface
    • Polar circle, a circle of latitude where the sun is above and below the horizon for 24 continuous hours at least once per year
    • Polar climate, the climate of the polar regions, characterized by a lack of warm summers
    • Polar region, the region within the polar circles, referred to as the Arctic and Antarctic
    • South Pole, the southernmost point on the surface of the Earth, where the Earth's axis of rotation intersects the Earth's surface
  • Magnetic pole
    • North Magnetic Pole, the shifting point on the Earth to which the "north" end of a dipole magnet points
    • South Magnetic Pole, the shifting point on the Earth to which the "south" end of a dipole magnet points
  • Mount Everest, the third "top" of the Earth
  • Pole of inaccessibility, a location that is the most challenging to reach owing to its remoteness from geographical features which could provide access


  • Celestial pole, the projection of the Earth's axis onto the celestial sphere (or analogous concept applied to other bodies)
  • Pole star, a visible star that is approximately aligned with the Earth's axis of rotation
  • Orbital pole
  • For concepts analogous to the Earth's geographic and magnetic poles on other planets and Solar System bodies, see Poles of astronomical bodies

Science and mathematics

  • One "half" of a dipole
  • Pole, a term used in electrical circuits referring to switches.
  • Pole (complex analysis), a certain type of mathematical singularity
  • Pole and polar line, a duality with respect to conics in projective geometry
  • Landau pole, the energy scale where a coupling constant of a quantum field theory becomes infinite
  • Monopole
    • Magnetic monopole, a hypothetical particle that may be loosely described as a magnet with only one pole
    • Monopole (mathematics), a connection over a principal bundle G with a section (the Higgs field) of the associated adjoint bundle
    • Monopole (wine), an appellation controlled by a single winery
    • Monopole antenna, a radio antenna that replaces half of a dipole antenna with a ground plane at right-angles to the remaining half



  • Poles, people originating from or inhabiting the country of Poland
  • Pole (musician), an electronic music artist named Stefan Betke

As a surname

Other uses

  • Fishing Pole (fishing rod) Used in many ways, mainly to catch fish, using a hook with bait or a lure.

See also

pole in Catalan: Pol
pole in Czech: Pól
pole in Danish: Pol
pole in German: Pole
pole in Spanish: Polo
pole in Esperanto: Poluso
pole in French: Pôle (homonymie)
pole in Croatian: pol
pole in Ido: Polo
pole in Indonesian: Kutub
pole in Italian: Polo
pole in Hebrew: קוטב
pole in Dutch: Pool
pole in Portuguese: Pólo
pole in Russian: Столб
pole in Finnish: Napa
pole in Swedish: Polar

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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