• Andrée's Departure for the North Pole
    Andrée's Departure for the North Pole
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pole deoxidize molten metals by stirring them with a wooden pole
    • v pole support on poles "pole climbing plants like beans"
    • v pole propel with a pole "pole barges on the river","We went punting in Cambridge"
    • n pole a long (usually round) rod of wood or metal or plastic
    • n pole one of the two ends of a magnet where the magnetism seems to be concentrated
    • n pole a long fiberglass sports implement used for pole vaulting
    • n pole a contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves
    • n pole one of two divergent or mutually exclusive opinions "they are at opposite poles","they are poles apart"
    • n pole one of two antipodal points where the Earth's axis of rotation intersects the Earth's surface
    • n pole one of two points of intersection of the Earth's axis and the celestial sphere
    • n Pole a native or inhabitant of Poland
    • n pole a square rod of land
    • n pole a linear measure of 16.5 feet
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: For 186 days you can not see the sun in the North Pole.
    • Pole 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 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. A flag pole, a pole on which a flag is supported. A Maypole. See Maypole. A barber's pole, a pole painted in stripes, used as a sign by barbers and hairdressers. A pole on which climbing beans, hops, or other vines, are trained.
    • Pole 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.
    • n Pole A native or inhabitant of Poland; a Polander.
    • Pole (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.
    • Pole Either extremity of an axis of a sphere; especially, one of the extremities of the earth's axis; as, the north pole .
    • Pole (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.
    • Pole (Geom) See Polarity, and Polar n.
    • Pole The firmament; the sky. "Shoots against the dusky pole ."
    • Pole To convey on poles; as, to pole hay into a barn.
    • Pole To furnish with poles for support; as, to pole beans or hops.
    • Pole To impel by a pole or poles, as a boat.
    • Pole To stir, as molten glass, with a pole.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Atlanta, GA, it is illegal to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp.
    • n pole A long, slender, tapering piece of wood, such as the trunk of a tree of any size, from which the branches have been cut; a piece of wood (or metal) of much greater length than thickness, especially when more or less rounded and tapering.
    • n pole Specifically— A rod used in measuring.
    • n pole In a two-horse vehicle, a long tapering piece of wood, forming the shaft or tongue, carrying the neck-yoke or the pole-straps, and sometimes the whiffletrees, by means of which the carriage is drawn.
    • n pole A fishing-rod.
    • n pole A bean-pole or hop-pole.
    • n pole A ship's mast.
    • n pole A perch or rod, a measure of length containing 16½ feet or 5½ yards; also, a measure of surface, a square pole denoting 5½ × 5½ yards, or 30¼ square yards.
    • n pole A flatfish, Pleuronectes or Glyptocephalus cynoglossus, also called pole-dab.
    • n pole That part of the sperm-whale's lower jaw which holds the teeth. See pan, 12.
    • pole To furnish with poles for support: as, to pole beans.
    • pole To bear or convey on poles.
    • pole To impel by means of a pole, as a boat; push forward by the use of poles.
    • pole In copper-refining, to stir with a pole.
    • pole To use a pole; push or impel a boat with a pole.
    • n pole One of the two points in which the axis of the earth produced cuts the celestial sphere; the fixed point about which (on account of the revolution of the earth) the stars appear to revolve. These points are called the poles of the world, or the celestial poles.
    • n pole Either of the two points on the earth's surface in which it is cut by the axis of rotation. That one which is on the left when one faces in the direction of the earth's motion is the north pole, the other the south pole.
    • n pole In general, a point on a sphere equally distant from every part of the circumference of a great circle of the sphere. Every great circle has two such poles, which lie in a line passing through the center of the sphere and perpendicular to the plane of the great circle—that is, in an axis of the sphere. Thus, the zenith and nadir (on the celestial sphere) are the poles of the horizon. So the poles of the ecliptic are two points on the surface of the celestial sphere equally distant (90°) from every part of the ecliptic.
    • n pole Hence In any more or less spherical body, one of two opposite points of the surface in any way distinguished; or, when there is a marked equator, one of the two points most remote from it: as, in botany, the poles of certain spores or sporidia.
    • n pole The star which is nearest the pole of the earth; the pole-star.
    • n pole The firmament; the sky.
    • n pole One of the points of a body at which its attractive or repulsive energy is concentrated, as the free ends of a magnet, one called the north, the other the south pole, which attract more strongly than any other part. See magnet.
    • n pole In mathematics: A point from which a pencil of lines radiates: as, the pole—that is, the origin—of polar coordinates.
    • n pole A point to which a given line is polar.
    • n pole A curve related to a line as a polar is to a point, except that tangential are substituted for point coördinates; the result of operating upon the equation of a curve with the symbol (u'.d/du + v'.d/v + w'.d/d w), where u', v', w' are the coördinates of the line of which the resulting curve is pole relative to the primitive curve. See polar, n.
    • n pole In a magnetic body, either of the two points about which two opposite magnetic forces are generally most intense. A line joining these points is called the magnetic axis, and generally a magnet may be considered as if the magnetic forces were concentrated at the extremity of this line. When a magnetic body is freely suspended, the magnetic axis assumes a direction parallel with the lines of force of the magnetic field in which it is. On the surface of the earth this direction is in a vertical plane approximately north and south, and that end of the magnet which points to the north is generally called the north pole or the north-seeking pole. The fact that the real magnetism of this pole is opposite in character to that of the north pole of the earth gives rise to some confusion in the nomenclature of the poles. Some physicists have used the epithets marked and unmarked to designate the north-seeking and south-seeking poles respectively. The words austral and boreal are also used. A magnet may have more than two poles, or points of maximum magnetic intensity, and in fact it may be assumed that all parts of a magnet are in a state of polarity, the actual poles of the magnet being the result of all polarization.
    • n pole A native or an inhabitant of Poland, a former kingdom of Europe, divided, since the latter part of the eighteenth century, between Russia, Prussia, and Austria.
    • n pole An obsolete spelling of pool.
    • pole An obsolete spelling of poll.
    • n pole The tall, erect, flowering stem sent up by the species of Agave (century-plant) when about to complete their life-cycle, particularly that of the sisal hemp, Agave rigida, cultivated for its fiber in Yucatan, Florida, etc. Plants at the pole-bearing stage are said to be in pole. Plantlets are formed on the branches of the inflorescence which serve for propagation, and are known as pole-plants.
    • n pole In forestry, a tree from 4 to 12 inches in diameter breast-high. See tree class. A small or low pole is a tree from 4 to 8 inches in diameter breast-high; a large or high pole, one from 8 to 12 inches in diameter breast-high. Also called high pole.
    • n pole In archery, a case of canvas, or other material, to carry bows from place to place.
    • n pole A device for steadying a cross-cut saw, so that one man can use it, instead of two.
    • n pole In mathematics: The cointersection point of the joins when two correlated polystigms have the joins of their paired dots and codots copunctal.
    • n pole In function-theory, a non-essential singular point.
    • n pole In cytology, one of the ends of the achromatic spindle in mitosis, or indirect cell-division. The opposite end is sometimes called the antipole.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Penguins are not found in the North Pole
    • n Pole pōl that on which anything turns, as a pivot or axis: one of the ends of the axis of a sphere, esp. of the earth: :
    • n Pole pōl a pale or pile: a long piece of wood: an instrument for measuring: a measure of length, 5½ yards: in square measure, 30¼ yards
    • v.t Pole to push or stir with a pole
    • v.i Pole to use a pole
    • n Pole pōl a native of Poland.
    • n Pole pōl (physics) one of the two points of a body in which the attractive or repulsive energy is concentrated, as in a magnet
    • n Pole pōl (geom.) a point from which a pencil of rays radiates (see Polar)
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  • Vicki Baum
    Vicki Baum
    “Fame always brings loneliness. Success is as ice cold and lonely as the North Pole.”
  • Doug Larson
    Doug Larson
    “If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “There are few virtues that the Poles do not possess and there are few errors they have ever avoided.”
  • Muriel Spark
    Muriel Spark
    “I wouldn't take the Pope too seriously. He's a Pole first, a pope second, and maybe a Christian third.”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “Oh Sleep! it is a gentle thing, beloved from pole to pole, to Mary Queen the praise be given! She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven, that slid into my soul.”
  • Vicki Baum
    Vicki Baum
    “Success is as ice cold and lonely as the North Pole.”


At the bottom of the totem pole - (USA) If someone is at the bottom of the totem pole, they are unimportant. Opposite is at the top of the totem pole.
Climb the greasy pole - Advance within an organisation - especially in politics.
Greasy pole - (UK) The greasy pole is the difficult route to the top of politics, business, etc.
Pole position - If you're in pole position, you're in the best position to win or achieve something.
Poles apart - When two people or parties have an opinion or point of view that is as far apart as they could possibly be, they are poles apart.
Wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot pole - (USA) If you wouldn't touch something with a ten-foot pole, you would not consider being involved under any circumstances. (In British English, people say they wouldn't touch it with a bargepole)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. polus, Gr. a pivot or hinge on which anything turns, an axis, a pole; akin to to move: cf. F. pôle,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. polus—Gr. polospelein, to be in motion.


In literature:

Another Pole, or half Pole, Ramorino, who had figured in the unfortunate rising of 1833, commanded the legion of Lombardy.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
People appeared with spades and poles; they dug round the roots of the tree, deeper and deeper, and beneath it.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
It is met with under the burning heat of the tropics and in the everlasting frost at the poles.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
Go to and return from the North Pole with perfect safety, certainty, comfort, and pleasure!
"Doctor Jones' Picnic" by S. E. Chapman
How can you steer for the North pole when the meridians of your chart never come together at any pole?
"Lectures in Navigation" by Ernest Gallaudet Draper
Then they got longer spike poles, one man at a time, and they lifted again, and the big pole slipped a little farther down into the hole.
"The Doers" by William John Hopkins
But what if ye go to the North Pole?
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
Securing a couple of long poles to use as push-poles, they set boldly out into the shallow bay that lay before them.
"The Young Alaskans in the Rockies" by Emerson Hough
Fold it up, so that the pole will be on top.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
He took with him a long pole, which by a lucky chance, he had found lying under the trees.
"Bruin" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

Triumph, triumph, victorious Soul;
The World has not one Pleasure more:
The rest does lie beyond the pole,
And is thine everlasting Store.
"A Dialogue Between The Resolved Soul, And Created Pleasure" by Andrew Marvell
Three years. Our swords were rusty — and our souls;
And this old lion was despised of men.
Were we the people to defend the Poles?
The very Wop was laughing at us then.
"Three Years" by A P Herbert
The bolts loud roll from pole to pole
The thunders through the welkin ring,
And the gleaming form, through the mist of the storm,
Was borne on high by the whirlwind's wing
"Oscar Of Alva: A Tale" by Lord George Gordon Byron
While now the Pole Star sinks from sight
The Southern Cross it climbs the sky;
But losing thee, my love, my light,
O bride but for one bridal night,
The loss no rising joys supply.
"Crossing The Tropics" by Herman Melville
Fifty years are now sped and my bride is long dead,
The bright Pole I brought home from a raid:
And yet still when I stand and gaze out toward that land,
I remenber the face of that maid."
"The Three Brothers Budrys" by Adam Mickiewicz
How frail our bliss on life's uncertain coast!
How vain our trust in all beneath the pole!
From care to care with fruitless anguish tost,
Till to th' eternal boundless sea we roll.
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves

In news:

Florida Man Catches 800-Pound Gator with Fishing Pole .
If you plan on fishing along the shoreline or in places where there's heavy tree cover, a simple cane pole or straight rod (without a reel) is the best choice.
After everyone has touched the flag pole they begin looking around and finally spot the official Tibetan Parks & Recreation A-One chemical toilet.
Organizers of a tea party event planned for Thursday at the state Capitol are unhappy they can't carry flags on poles because of state officials' fears that they could be used as weapons.
Veterans' Memorial Flag Pole Falls in Wind Storm ( Reba Lean / September 5, 2012 ).
Veterans' Memorial Flag Pole Falls in Wind Storm.
Students and staff gather for annual See You At The Pole.
Students and teachers at Skyline Schools met at the pole on Wednesday, not the north or south ones, but the flag pole for the national See You at the Pole event.
What's really sad is i remember when we got this flag pole , it came from sitka so its real sad, said Mandy Roylance, who was walking her dog in the area.
Assisting members of Boy Scout Troop 99 in unfolding the flag were two Trenton firemen and Councilman Mark Robinson of the flag pole project committee.
Rockett, Huber win pole vault titles.
Exhibition's stark images show the fragility of poles' great white expanse.
Social Security assessments still poles apart.
WASILLA — Moo Rogers has garnered most of the attention for North Pole this season.
Model P2T-14D415D4-15-SMT-20W is a driverless high-power single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) switch designed for applications from 14.4 to 15.4 GHz .

In science:

We have computed analytically the 2-point correlation function for zeros of random meromorphic functions with large number of poles when these poles are independent random variables.
Singular statistics
D (s) is defined for Re (s) > n, it has a meromorphic extension to |C with isolated simple poles and the residues at all poles are locally computable.
Relative Zeta Functions, Determinants, Torsion, Index Theorems and Invariants for Open Manifolds
But lower poles are related with C+ (x) and upper poles with C− (x).
The cosmological origin of time-asymmetry
Therefore, the time-asymmetry of the universe defines the decoherence direction since it tells us which are the decaying poles (that define the decoherence time) and which are the growing poles (that define the preparation time of the instabilities).
The cosmological origin of time-asymmetry
Let us count each zero and pole of f a number of times equal to its order. A function f is called (q , n)-antiderivationally meromorphic, if it is (q , n)antiderivationally holomorphic on Ω besides a set of poles. 2.7.18.
Line antiderivations over local fields and their applications