Meaning of pole
— n., v., poled, pol•ing.
- a long, cylindrical, often slender piece of wood, metal, etc.: a telephone pole; a fishing pole.
- a long, tapering piece of wood or other material that extends from the front axle of a vehicle between the animals drawing it.
- a light spar.
- that part of a mast between the uppermost standing rigging and the truck.
- the lane of a racetrack nearest to the infield; the inside lane. Cf. (def. 5).
- a unit of length equal to 16 feet (5 m); a rod.
- a square rod, 30 square yards (25.3 sq. m).
- The thugs robbed him and left him under bare poles.
- Naut.(of a sailing ship) with no sails set, as during a violent storm.
- stripped; naked; destitute:The thugs robbed him and left him under bare poles.
- to furnish with poles.
- to push, strike, or propel with a pole: to pole a raft.
- to make (an extra-base hit) by batting the ball hard and far: He poled a triple to deep right-center.
- to stir (molten metal, as copper, tin, or zinc) with poles of green wood so as to produce carbon, which reacts with the oxygen present to effect deoxidation.
- to propel a boat, raft, etc., with a pole: to pole down the river.
- each of the extremities of the axis of the earth or of any spherical body.
- one of two opposite or contrasted principles or tendencies: His behavior ranges between the poles of restraint and abandon.
- a point of concentration of interest, attention, etc.: The beautiful actress was the pole of everyone's curiosity.
- either of the two regions or parts of an electric battery, magnet, or the like, that exhibits electrical or magnetic polarity.
- either end of an ideal axis in a nucleus, cell, or ovum, about which parts are more or less symmetrically arranged.
- either end of a spindle-shaped figure formed in a cell during mitosis.
- the place at which a cell extension or process begins, as a nerve cell axon or a flagellum.
- a singular point at which a given function of a complex variable can be expanded in a Laurent series beginning with a specified finite, negative power of the variable.
- origin (def. 6b).
- a line perpendicular to a crystal face and passing through the crystal center.
- having widely divergent or completely opposite attitudes, interests, etc.: In education and background they were poles apart.
- a native or inhabitant of Poland.
- 1500–58, English cardinal and last Roman Catholic archbishop of Canterbury.
- pole (Thesaurus)