• WordNet 3.6
    • n Bole a Chadic language spoken in northern Nigeria and closely related to Hausa
    • n bole the main stem of a tree; usually covered with bark; the bole is usually the part that is commercially useful for lumber
    • n bole a soft oily clay used as a pigment (especially a reddish brown pigment)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bole A bolus; a dose.
    • n Bole A measure. See Boll n., 2.
    • n Bole An aperture, with a wooden shutter, in the wall of a house, for giving, occasionally, air or light; also, a small closet. "Open the bole wi'speed, that I may see if this be the right Lord Geraldin."
    • Bole Any one of several varieties of friable earthy clay, usually colored more or less strongly red by oxide of iron, and used to color and adulterate various substances. It was formerly used in medicine. It is composed essentially of hydrous silicates of alumina, or more rarely of magnesia. See Clay, and Terra alba.
    • n Bole The trunk or stem of a tree, or that which is like it. "Enormous elm-tree boles did stoop and lean."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bole The body or stem of a tree.
    • n bole Anything of cylindrical shape; a roll; a pillar: as, boles of stone.
    • n bole A small boat suited for a rough sea.
    • n bole A general term including certain compact, amorphous, soft, more or less brittle, unctuous clays, having a conchoidal fracture and greasy luster, and varying in color from yellow, red, or brown to nearly black. They are hydrous silicates of aluminium, with more or less iron, to which they owe their color, and are used as pigments. The red letters in old manuscripts were painted with bole. Armenian bole is a native clay, or silicate of aluminium, containing considerable oxid of iron, formerly brought from Armenia, but more recently obtained in various parts of Europe. It is pale-red, soft and unctuous to the touch, and has been used as an astringent and absorbent, and also as a pigment. Bole of Blois is yellow, lighter than the other kinds, and effervesces with acids. Bohemian bole is of a yellow color with a cast of red, and of a flaky texture. French bole is of a pale-red color, variegated with specks of white and yellow. Lemnian bole is of a pale-red color. Silesian bole is of a pale-yellow color. These earths were formerly employed as astringent, absorbent, and tonic medicines, and they are still in repute in the East; they are also used occasionally as veterinary medicines in Europe.
    • n bole A bolus; a dose.
    • n bole Another spelling of boll.
    • n bole A small square recess or cavity in a wall; also, a window or opening in the wall of a house, usually with a wooden shutter instead of glass.
    • n bole A name given in the north of England to a place where lead was anciently smelted. These boles, which are identified by the piles of slag left by the ancient smelters, are supposed to have been built by simply placing stones around a central fire, and in situations where there would be likely to be a good draft, since no artificial blast was used. Also called bayle hills.
    • n bole In medieval and early Renaissance art, an earthy paste added over gesso as a ground for tempera painting and gilding.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bole bōl the round stem or body of a tree.
    • n Bole bōl an earthy mineral resembling clay in structure, and consisting essentially of silica, alumina, red oxide of iron, and water; the bole of Lemnos, Lemnian Earth, is red in colour, and was once used as a tonic and astringent medicine.
    • n Bole bōl a recess in a wall: an opening to admit light and air.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bole, fr. Icel. bolr,; akin to Sw. bål, Dan. bul, trunk, stem of a tree, G. bohle, a thick plank or board; cf. LG. boll, round. Cf. Bulge
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scot.; origin unknown.


In literature:

Between them were a sea of hedges and green brown boles of pollard willows.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
All the trees were thick-boled and slippery, he couldn't have climbed them on a one-G world.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
The two walked side by side along the snowy path, the lantern flashing fitfully amongst the bare branches and dark boles of the trees.
"The Silver Maple" by Marian Keith
And finally, through the gray boles of the beech trees in the lowland, I saw two men at work digging a pit.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
Pound together in a mortar, an ounce of bole-ammoniac, and a quarter of an ounce of white copperas.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
He felt the ferny undergrowth all about him, the thick boles of tree-ferns emerged out of the mist.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
It is wonderful how swiftly the night comes in among the boles of the great oak trees.
"Dwellers in the Hills" by Melville Davisson Post
Hour after hour she sat in the darkest place she could find, leaning against the bole of a great tree.
"The Shepherd of the North" by Richard Aumerle Maher
With difficulty we give a quotation from Boling-broke's ideas of a Future Life.
"Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers" by Charles Bradlaugh, A. Collins, and J. Watts
Dey didn' tell me how old I was when dey sold me to Boles.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration

In poetry:

"True love is brave, whate'er may chance--
Behind this tree's protecting bole
Stand thou--nor fear the Stag's advance,
But trust to thy Fortunio's soul!"
"The Stag" by William Hayley
`When the broodmare suckled her long—limbed foal,
To watch lovers meet and part,
And to feel, as they nestled against my bole,
The beat of each trusting heart.
"The Fallen Elm" by Alfred Austin
I have curled 'mid the boles of the ash wood,
I have hidden my face where the oak
Spread his leaves over me, and the yoke
Of the old ways of men have I cast aside.
"La Fraisne" by Ezra Pound
"HERE, here it was he made me promise him;
He stood beneath that branch; here was his seat,
Just where the bole's shade makes the sunlights dim,
Beside me, at my feet.
"No News From The War" by Augusta Davies Webster
Like a sunny shadow of cloudlet fleeting,
Spring skimmed the pastures where lambs were bleating;
Along with them gambolled by bole and mound,
And raced and chased with them round and round.
"The Passing Of Spring" by Alfred Austin
I saw in scarr'd and knotty bole,
The fresh'ning of the sap;
When timid spring gave first small dole,
Of sunbeams thro' bare boughs that stole,
I saw the bright'ning blossoms roll,
From summer's high pil'd lap.
""The Earth Waxeth Old."" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on June 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm with 33 Comments.
A faculty musicale will be performed at 12:15 pm Monday in Watkins Auditorium of the Boling University Center on the University of Tennessee at Martin main campus.
Boling earns a Fulbright .
Jessica Boling recently won a Fulbright Fellowship to study in the African nation of Cameroon.
For two hours I lived in Ben Bolings' shoes.
Hardin Valley's Hannah Cornelius tries to protect the ball from Fulton's Victoria Griffin in the Tennova Tip-Off Classic at Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday, November 12, 2012.
Gibbs ' Olivia Allen drives the ball in the game against South Doyle during the Tennova Tip-Off Classic at Thompson-Boling Arena Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012.
Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on Nov 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm with 12 Comments.
(WVLT/AP) -- #19 Tennessee beat the second-ranked Kentucky Wildcats 74-65 Saturday afternoon in Thompson-Boling Arena.
Boles is winningest coach in history of Maumee football program.
I am writing to thank sports columnist Dave Boling for his article, "Humiliating players isn't motivating ".
Brooke Boles wants to change the face of cosmetics.
Loy Betty ( Painter ) Boling passed from this life on Saturday, May 26, 2012 in Dewey at the age of 100.
Funeral services will be at 3 pm on Wednesday, Sept 19, 2012 at the Richard Boles Funeral Service Chapel officiated by the Rev.
Dave Boling realized that, so he wrote a book that promises to soothe the soul of even the zaniest of Zag fans during those trying times that separate beers and games.

In science:

Yangrong Li and Boling Guo, Random attractors for quasi-continuous random dynamical systems and applications to stochastic reaction-diffusion equations , J.
Random attractors for stochastic porous media equations perturbed by space-time linear multiplicative noise
Guo Boling and Yuan Guangwei: The Cauchy problem for the system of Zakharov equations arising from ion-acoustic modes.
Well-posedness for a modified Zakharov system