• WordNet 3.6
    • n polo a game similar to field hockey but played on horseback using long-handled mallets and a wooden ball
    • n Polo Venetian traveler who explored Asia in the 13th century and served Kublai Khan (1254-1324)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Chinese invented eyeglasses. Marco Polo reported seeing many pairs worn by the Chinese as early as 1275, 500 years before lens grinding became an art in the West.
    • Polo A game of ball of Eastern origin, resembling hockey, with the players on horseback.
    • Polo A game similar to hockey played by swimmers.
    • Polo A similar game played on the ice, or on a prepared floor, by players wearing skates.
    • n Polo A Spanish gypsy dance characterized by energetic movements of the body while the feet merely shuffle or glide, with unison singing and rhythmic clapping of hands.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Marco Polo was born on the Croatian island of Korcula (pronounced Kor-Chu-La).
    • n polo A game of ball resembling hockey, played on horseback. It is of Eastern origin, and is played in India, whence it has been introduced into Europe and America.
    • n polo A Spanish gipsy dance which originated in Andalusia, and closely resembles certain Eastern dances in its wild contortions of the body. The song to which it is danced is low and melancholy, with startling pauses, and is sung in unison with a rhythmic clapping of hands. The words, called coplas, are generally of a jocose character without refrains. Also called ole.
    • n polo The game may be played by any number of persons, from two or three to half a dozen on a side. The ponies are limited to a specified height or weight, and are specially bred and trained for the sport. The mallet is long enough for the player to reach the ball on the ground when he is sitting upright in the saddle, and is provided with a strap which goes over the hand. The object of the game is to drive the ball through goals erected at each end of the field. The side which succeeds in driving the ball through these goals the greater number of times during certain fixed periods of play wins the game. There is one referee whose duty it is to start the play, and also to throw the ball in when it has been knocked out of bounds. The boundary of the field consists of a board projecting above the ground about a foot, which usually prevents the rolling ball from going out of bounds. The rules of the game differ somewhat in different countries. The English rules insist upon on-side methods, but allow the hooking of mallets; while the American rules admit of off-side play, but not of thus interfering with an opponent's stroke.
    • n polo In the Philippine Islands, formerly, an obligation imposed upon each Filipino man, except those of nigh rank, to labor forty days in each year on public works, such as the making or repair of roads and bridges, etc. The obligation lasted from the age of 16 or 18 years to the age of 60 years, and could be commuted by a money payment.
    • n polo In Samoa, the cannibal apple, Solanum Uporo, and other plants of the nightshade family, bearing smooth red fruit. See cannibal apple, and cannibal's tomato, under tomato.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Polo pō′lo an equestrian game, which may be shortly described as hockey on horseback—of Oriental origin and high antiquity.
    • n Polo pō′lo a Spanish gipsy dance.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
[Of Eastern origin; -- properly, the ball used in the game.]


In literature:

On the 14th the enemy proposed a game of polo, and invited the officers to come and see it.
"Our Soldiers" by W.H.G. Kingston
Among these were two Venetians, the brothers Polo.
"A Book of Discovery" by Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
His friends knew that he kept two polo-ponies at Wembley.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
They are a cheery race and very fond of polo.
"The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir" by Sir James McCrone Douie
I resigned my membership of the polo club to-day.
"A Son of the Immortals" by Louis Tracy
In the afternoon the Prince unveiled an equestrian statue of the late Lord Mayo and afterwards attended a polo match.
"The Life of King Edward VII" by J. Castell Hopkins
Ill-weighed Polo sticks make the situation worse if the horse is not so kept.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, May 19, 1920" by Various
Prince Henry, the third son, is in the army, and has proved himself a sportsman, excelling especially in polo and tent-pegging.
"The Children's Book of London" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
Hadn't he pulled off races on the scratchiest of polo ponies, when he couldn't afford better, out of sheer intention?
"The Dark Tower" by Phyllis Bottome
He discoursed of polo, last year's Harvard-Yale football game, and ice-boating, in which he seemed deeply experienced.
"The Madness of May" by Meredith Nicholson

In poetry:

Antonio, Antonio,
Rode off on his polo-ponio.
He found the fair maid
In a bowery shade,
A-sitting and knitting alonio.
"Antonio" by Laura Elizabeth Richards

In news:

Longtime Soquel head water polo coach Marcello Adas announced his retirement from the Knight programm to his team following Saturday's championship game loss to Carmel.
Spartans water polo staves off South Pas.
BURBANK — For a span of more than 12 minutes on Saturday afternoon, the La Cañada High boys' water polo team held visiting Corona Santiago without a goal.
Nacho Figueras Polo star Nacho Figueras is dedicated to his sport, and fans—particularly of the female variety—are equally passionate about him.
Danville girls water polo players have been golden in the pool these past 10 months.
Two Steffens equal One Gold Fourth time the charm for USA women's water polo team.
Steffens lifts US women's water polo to 1st gold medal.
Women finally win gold in water polo.
United States players celebrate winning the gold medal in women's water polo on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games on Thursday.
US players Jessica, Maggie Steffens come from a long line of water polo royalty.
Theirs had 50 yellow water polo balls bobbing about at any given time.
Incoming Stanford freshman Maggie Steffens owns an advantage over most of her future Cardinal women's water polo teammates.
Can USC water polo take the fifth .
Wood, Jutanugarn capture Polo Golf titles.
Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell attend the Third Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on October 6, 2012 in Pacific Palisades, California.

In science:

The Weyl modules of the q -Schur algebra coincide with the Weyl modules of quantum gld ; therefore, when r = 1 Theorem 5.6 is a special case of a result of Andersen, Polo and Wen who proved the analogue of the Jantzen sum formula for the quantum groups of finite type as a consequence of Kemp’s vanishing theorem.
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
Venice (see Fig. 1): Cannaregio, San Polo, Dorsoduro, Santa Croce, San Marco and Castello, Giudecca.
Sestieri of Venice
San Polo is the smallest of the six sestieri of Venice, covering just 35 hectares along the Grand Canal.
Sestieri of Venice
Using the recent results of Polo [Po] we can show that every polynomial in 1 + vZ≥0 [v] is a decomposition number for the affine Hecke algebra.
Affine braids, Markov traces and the category O
This statement is interesting in that Polo [Po] has shown that every polynomial in 1 + vZ≥0 [v] is a Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomial for some choice of n and permutations v , w ∈ Sn .
Affine braids, Markov traces and the category O