• WordNet 3.6
    • n thole a holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Thole A wooden or metal pin, set in the gunwale of a boat, to serve as a fulcrum for the oar in rowing.
    • Thole The pin, or handle, of a scythe snath.
    • v. t Thole To bear; to endure; to undergo. "So much woe as I have with you tholed .""To thole the winter's steely dribble."
    • v. i Thole To wait.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • thole To bear; undergo; sustain; put up with; stand.
    • thole To experience; feel; suffer.
    • thole To tolerate; permit; allow.
    • thole To admit of; afford.
    • thole To give freely.
    • thole To endure grief, pain, misfortune, etc.; suffer.
    • thole To be patient or tolerant; bear (with); be indulgent.
    • thole To wait; stay; remain.
    • n thole Patience; endurance; tolerance.
    • n thole A pin inserted in the gunwale of a boat, or in a similar position, to act as a fulcrum for the oar in rowing. The oar is sometimes secured to the thole by a loop of cordage; but more frequently there are two pins between which the oar plays, in which case the thole is properly the pin against which the oar presses when the stroke is made. It is common, however, to speak of the two together as the tholes. Also called thole-pin.
    • n thole The pin or handle of a scythe-snath.
    • n thole A cart-pin.
    • n thole In architecture: Same as tholus; sometimes, a vaulted niche, or recess in a temple, where votive offerings were suspended.
    • n thole The scutcheon or knot at the center of a timber vault.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Thole thōl a pin in the side of a boat to keep the oar in place
    • Thole Also Thole′-pin, Thowl, Thowel
    • v.t Thole thōl to endure, to suffer: to yield
    • v.i Thole to be patient, to wait
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. þolen, þolien, AS. þolian,; akin to OS. tholōn, OHG. dolēn, G. geduld, patience, dulden, to endure, Icel. þola, Sw. tåla, Dan. taale, Goth. þulan, L. tolerate, tulisse, to endure, bear, tollere, to lift, bear, Gr. to bear, Skr. tul, to lift. √55. Cf. Tolerate


In literature:

The sculls bend like wands, the rowlocks creak, the thole-pins crack.
"The Red Man's Revenge" by R.M. Ballantyne
I'm a plain north-country man, an' I canna thole to see a puir auld body in trouble withoot offerin' t' help her.
"The Garret and the Garden" by R.M. Ballantyne
I canna tell it an' I canna thole it till I do tell it.
"St. Cuthbert's" by Robert E. Knowles
I never thocht to thole the waes, vol.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume VI" by Various
It kens she 's the loveliest it ere made o' clay, And ill I may thole that she 's far, far away.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
I simply cannot thole the look.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
A northern term for the grommet to an oar-pin or thole.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Ricketty-rock, ricketty-rock, went the sweeps between the thole-pins, as we rowed to the fishing ground six miles or so away.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
But they're not oars, for I don't see any thole-pins.
"The Young Alaskans in the Rockies" by Emerson Hough
Yes; we'll thole through.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
He felt it float off, and heard the measured sound of the oars in the thole-pins.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
And it is well understood by all of them that thou cannot thole an obligation.
"An Orkney Maid" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
I canna' thole to tell ye.
"The Eye of Dread" by Payne Erskine
Fifty feet long it was, with mast, tholes and walking-boards for the arduous upstream work.
"The Magnificent Adventure" by Emerson Hough
The oars grew hot at the wooden thole-pins, and he pulled and pulled.
"The Life of Nancy" by Sarah Orne Jewett
If't had been a regular boat's oar, I'd a heerd the thumpin' against the thole pins.
"Gwen Wynn" by Mayne Reid
He made the thole-pins out of the iron, put on his iron shoes, and set forth.
"The Swedish Fairy Book" by Various
From the skin of the manitee they cut straps, which they used in their canoes instead of the ordinary tholes.
"The Monarchs of the Main, Volume I (of 3)" by Walter Thornbury
No Kerr, no lad from Lancashire whomsoever, could thole to be bested by a Welshman.
"Mushroom Town" by Oliver Onions
It's just Providence; sae we must just both thole it.
"Marmaduke" by Flora Annie Steel

In poetry:

Shame and scorn may we thole that mourn,
Though sair be they to dree:
But ill may we bide the thoughts we hide,
Mair keen than wind and sea.
"A Jacobite's Exile" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Gae back to your wife and hame, Jamie,
Gae back to your bairnies three, laddie,
And I will pray they ne'er may thole
A broken heart like me, laddie.
"Huntingtower" by Carolina Oliphant
"Ye canna thole the wind and rain,
Or wander friendless far frae hame;
Cheer, cheer your heart, some other swain
Will soon blot out lost Willie's name."
"The Lass O' Isla" by Alexander Boswell
Ill may we thole the night's watches,
And ill the weary day:
And the dreams that keep the gates of sleep,
A waefu' gift gie they;
For the songs they sing us, the sights they bring us,
The morn blaws all away.
"A Jacobite's Exile" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
There's muckle cry an' little woo in a' your fechtin' wark;
Ye dinna like a crackit croon, nor yet a bloody sark;
Tae tyne your trade, tae tyne your gear, an' spill your bluid forby,
Ye canna thole, sae jist gae hame an' fling the rifle by.
"Advice Tae Brither Jonathan" by Janet Hamilton
Angus McDonald must have felt the pangs of hunger before he did try
to cut two pieces of fiesh from James McDonald's thigh,
But, Oh heaven! the pangs of hunger are very hard to thole,
And anything that's eatable is precious unto an hungry soul.
"A Tale of the Sea" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Ty Wigginton flattens Mets' catcher Josh Thole earlier this month.
Howard Smith/US Presswire Josh Thole appeared to be in serious pain after an eighth-inning collision at the plate last night.
Thole calls Nieuwey's night 'awesome'.
So any defensive struggles upon reaching the majors could be explained away in part by suggesting Thole was still learning the position.
In the winter months, we must thole the cold and snow.
Mets' Josh Thole wants to avoid another hat controversy.
Josh Thole is a.500 hitter since fatherhood.
Thole , whose wife Kathryn gave birth to the couple's first child -- son Camden -- on Tuesday night, delivered in the clutch upon returning to the lineup.
(Aside from Thole who already has).
John Munson/The Star-Ledger The Star-Ledger Josh Thole heading for the backstop, an all too often occurrence this young season.
The ball never gets to Mets catcher Josh Thole (r.) as John Buck connects… (Sladky/AP ).
Debus on Collins, Thole .
Give young catcher Josh Thole credit.
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Deputies are still searching for Christopher Thole, a suspect in a stabbing yesterday in Nipomo.
Mets catcher Josh Thole tries to calm Placido Polanco down in the sixth inning.