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a curtain rail/pole/rod (=a long stick for hanging a curtain)
▪ Velvet can be heavy so choose a strong curtain pole.
climbing up the greasy pole
▪ a politician climbing up the greasy pole
magnetic pole
North Pole
pole dancing
pole position
Pole Star
pole vault
ski pole
South Pole
telegraph pole
telephone pole
totem pole
utility pole
▪ Roll the die, answer a question and move up the greasy pole to Downing Street.
▪ Wagner had climbed up the greasy pole doggedly, and methodically.
▪ Like Disraeli on becoming prime minister, Chapman could say he had climbed to the top of the greasy pole.
▪ He had run his car into a light pole.
▪ Just imagine using a tape recorder and hanging the microphone on a light pole.
▪ There were streets and curbing and sidewalks and light poles and nothing else.
▪ I was leaning for concealment against a light pole, my cotton jacket crumpling the paper messages taped to its base.
▪ It struck a light pole, which fell on a black woman and killed her.
▪ I have to break the ice with a long pole before I can lower a bucket into water.
▪ I used the long maple pole to again pound my way through the ice before lowering the bucket down with the rope.
▪ The boat was drifting into the current, the long poles dipping in the dark water and pushing her away.
▪ He supervised the pickers like a high official, carrying a long, medieval-looking pole with a sickle on the end.
▪ The short pole was now out of the question so it was out on the long pole.
▪ Whack a few men with your long pole.
▪ The flow of a magnetic field is taken from magnetic north pole to magnetic south pole.
▪ Two people standing at distant points on the globe would have completely different ideas about where the magnetic north pole lay.
▪ The flow of a magnetic field is taken from magnetic north pole to magnetic south pole.
▪ For the past eleven years, the Sun's north geographic pole has also been home to its north magnetic pole.
▪ But a feature of each solar cycle is that the magnetic poles reverse.
▪ For R N transitions they should have plotted the north magnetic pole.
▪ Besides, he was funny and youthful, the opposite pole to Matthew Blake.
▪ This kind of discourse is at the opposite pole from storytelling as defined by Benjamin.
▪ Each pair in fact began to gravitate to opposite poles within the horizon which Dialectical Theology had opened up.
▪ They were at an opposite pole from the self-important, vacuous management.
▪ We were at the opposite poles of humanity.
▪ Unfortunately the tent bag is too short for the poles.
▪ There, on a dusty windswept plain, a small wooden statue of a man in robes teeters upon a short pole.
▪ The short pole was now out of the question so it was out on the long pole.
▪ The difficult bit was getting the short poles at top and bottom to fit into the others.
▪ Two long poles which cross as the apex and two shorter, hooped poles which provide height and stability to the ends.
▪ I had planned to start on the short pole but just before the whistle sounded another boat came along.
▪ Nervously, I moved forward, fumbling round the battlements until I came to a protruding wooden pole.
▪ There are no telephones, no fire hydrants, only a scattering of street lights on lonely wooden poles.
▪ Endill noticed he was standing beside a thick wooden pole.
▪ In one corner of the grounds, a 13-year-old boy is busy sawing wooden poles in half.
▪ The floor was of bare earth, and a ring of wooden poles supported the roof.
▪ Windows are draped with matching curtains, simply suspended on plain wooden poles.
▪ The decline in the demand for wooden poles has been accelerated by the frequent use of metal poles.
▪ It includes handmade umbrellas with bamboo poles and struts, and handpainted weatherproof cotton canopies.
▪ Along the sidewalks, women walked with heavy baskets of produce hooked on bamboo poles laid across their shoulders.
▪ Both the Corporation and the Company had always turned trolleys with a hooked bamboo pole.
▪ I decided we should paint all the bamboo poles with raw lacquer before we tied them together.
▪ The seawater flowed up through the cracks between the bamboo poles, and the wave crest traveled right over the raft.
▪ Mark lashed the windmill to the inevitable bamboo pole, and we tried propping it near the stern.
▪ We were happy to see that the bamboo pole looked to be in excellent condition.
▪ Frustrated designers constructed elaborate beach retreats with driftwood, bamboo poles, and Laura Ashley sheets.
▪ Two people standing at distant points on the globe would have completely different ideas about where the magnetic north pole lay.
▪ Joseph Harker Is there anything intrinsically upward about the north pole?
▪ The flow of a magnetic field is taken from magnetic north pole to magnetic south pole.
▪ David Hempleman-Adams is setting off in search of the Geomagnetic North pole in April.
▪ It's been to the magnetic and geomagnetic north poles.
▪ Beyond this point the observer would be returning to the north pole.
▪ In second place came the McLaren-Mercedes of David Coulthard, who began from pole position.
▪ Ongais' Lola-Menard is the one Scott Brayton qualified on the pole position.
▪ Saturday afternoon, Hunt earned himself pole position.
▪ But his heir, the present duke, no longer holds pole position.
▪ He competed in 51 World Championship races and started in pole position in 29 of them, winning 24.
▪ Read in studio Eighty years ago Captain Scott's expedition to the south pole came to its tragic end.
▪ The flow of a magnetic field is taken from magnetic north pole to magnetic south pole.
▪ Charles has actually planned a route across the Martian south pole using photographs taken by the Viking and Mariner probes.
▪ Once into the southern hemisphere the lines of latitude would become shorter and finally vanish at the south pole.
▪ He's also planned a route to the south pole of Mars.
▪ He went on several more expeditions to the Himalaya and was involved in a race to the south pole.
▪ The dead was Akhu existed n the heaven as stars around the pole star and were therefore eternal and unchanging.
▪ She felt rigid like a telegraph pole, communicating perfectly, functioning flawlessly, but with no heart, no soul.
▪ Mark then spent a week on the waterfront carefully planing down the telegraph poles to the right shape.
▪ Then follow the line of telegraph poles to the remains of an old railway bridge.
▪ More boulders now barred her passage, and mixed with these, were trees and telegraph poles.
▪ A greater-spotted woodpecker zooms in on a telegraph pole on the lane.
▪ They like roosting on telegraph poles.
▪ Another oddity - the telegraph poles on old shots look short.
▪ From the feel of it she thought it could be a telegraph pole.
▪ They were telephone poles that had fallen from a lorry, blocking both westbound lanes of the motorway and smashing a car.
▪ Scattered farmhouses, sentry telephone poles, and budding green fields flanked them on each side.
▪ Despite saturating the area with herbicide, he found rogue oilseed rape plants thriving in ditches and around telephone poles.
▪ He sat against the wall sketching on a pad with colored pencils, a picture of telephone poles.
▪ Seth flew forty miles an hour face first into the piling with such force that he uprooted the eight telephone poles.
▪ He showed me how to draw a telephone pole.
▪ No one, he kept arguing, builds a new town with telephone poles.
▪ A single antelope stood in the line of shadow of a telephone pole.
▪ We threw out a dummy made from sandbags and tent poles.
▪ It looked as if there was a tent pole underneath it.
▪ The parachute opened okay, but the tent poles smashed on landing.
▪ He referred to my rods as stepped-up fly rods, and his I called tent poles.
▪ The totem pole was created by two local carvers.
▪ When this dominant fish dies or is removed, his place is taken by the next man on the totem pole.
▪ Not a climber of corporate totem poles.
▪ Here I was, the last guy on the totem pole.
▪ They put the device on 200 pennants suspended from utility poles, and paint it directly on crosswalks in the downtown area.
▪ Crews will install wires on utility poles in some older neighborhoods.
▪ The system uses microphones that are mounted atop utility poles and buildings to record gunshots and immediately relay a signal to police.
▪ In 1908 he won an Olympic gold medal in the pole vault.
▪ When he went to the pole vault, he had a little added adrenalin that put his steps off.
▪ David Cox won the pole vault with a modest vault of 18-4.
▪ I sometimes carry my poles separately from the tent anyway.
▪ Between the huts were stone platforms holding Lulic poles carrying sacrificial buffaloes' horns.
▪ I sat down and held the pole and watched the line swoop out into the wake.
▪ But his heir, the present duke, no longer holds pole position.
▪ Suppose that he starts at the pole in Fig. 3.8 with the local vector a shown there.
▪ Training starts with a pole inclined against a wall for assistance.
▪ I had planned to start on the short pole but just before the whistle sounded another boat came along.
▪ We used Forest palisade poles, which are pressure-treated with preservative and guaranteed to last for at least fifteen years.
▪ I used the long maple pole to again pound my way through the ice before lowering the bucket down with the rope.
▪ The front bellend uses an extra hooped pole which extends the flysheet forward giving ample room for storage.
▪ A hit with stick float anglers but could be won on the pole or waggler.
▪ First, Villeneuve won the pole.
▪ David Cox won the pole vault with a modest vault of 18-4.
be worlds/poles apart
▪ But his method of filming and Huston's were worlds apart.
▪ Our views may be poles apart but they're not saboteurs.
▪ Physically they were almost identical, but psychologically they were worlds apart.
▪ The results are poles apart in terms of character ... each room has a distinctive style of its own.
▪ The two feelings were poles apart.
▪ Their childhoods, like almost everything else about them, were poles apart.
▪ Watching somebody and actually killing them are worlds apart.
▪ You all say that but the truth is, the theory and the practice are worlds apart.
low man on the totem pole
the North Pole
the Pole Star
the South Pole
the greasy pole
the pole vault
▪ a fishing pole
▪ a flag pole
▪ Amundsen's expedition was the first to reach the pole.
▪ At one pole in the debate is keeping our personal freedoms, and at the other is reducing crime.
▪ Alexei dragged his coat off what remained of the lantern pole.
▪ Chain mail was made first by coiling links around a pole and then fully constructed by interlinking.
▪ Pike pole with D-shaped handles is extended for victim to reach.
▪ The other boy walked around the house poking the walls with a thick pole.
▪ The top of the pole had been severed, and his hat had fallen out of sight into the space below the staging.
▪ They begin to go through motions of dancing, holding on to the steel poles that support the ceiling, jerking mechanically.
▪ They like roosting on telegraph poles.
▪ When he looked down he felt as if his own feet were stuck in the soft muck like two poles.
▪ The compass needle points to the magnetic north pole.
▪ As soon as we cast off from the boathouse Dennis started poling downstream like a maniac.
▪ Contrary to what she expected they poled upriver, far away from the rowboat Amy had found.
▪ Peter poled upstream, away from other people.
▪ They were all set to poling now, and it was hard work navigating the flatboat upstream.
▪ They were cleaned of frozen mud, made ready, and we all clambered aboard, Bowyer's soldiers poling us across.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Rod \Rod\, n. [The same word as rood. See Rood.]

  1. A straight and slender stick; a wand; hence, any slender bar, as of wood or metal (applied to various purposes). Specifically:

    1. An instrument of punishment or correction; figuratively, chastisement.

      He that spareth his rod hateth his son.
      --Prov. xiii. 24.

    2. A kind of sceptor, or badge of office; hence, figuratively, power; authority; tyranny; oppression. ``The rod, and bird of peace.''

    3. A support for a fishing line; a fish pole.

    4. (Mach. & Structure) A member used in tension, as for sustaining a suspended weight, or in tension and compression, as for transmitting reciprocating motion, etc.; a connecting bar.

    5. An instrument for measuring.

  2. A measure of length containing sixteen and a half feet; -- called also perch, and pole.

    Black rod. See in the Vocabulary.

    Rods and cones (Anat.), the elongated cells or elements of the sensory layer of the retina, some of which are cylindrical, others somewhat conical.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"inhabitant or native of Poland," 1650s, from German Pole, singular of Polen, from Polish Polanie "Poles," literally "field-dwellers," from pole "field," related to Old Church Slavonic polje "field," from PIE root *pele- (2) "flat, to spread" (see plane (n.1)).


"stake," late Old English pal "stake, pole, post," a general Germanic borrowing (Old Frisian and Old Saxon pal "stake," Middle Dutch pael, Dutch paal, Old High German pfal, Old Norse pall) from Latin palus "stake" (see pale (n.)).\n

\nRacing sense of "inside fence surrounding a course" is from 1851; pole position in auto racing attested from 1904.\nA ten-foot pole as a metaphoric measure of something one would not touch something (or someone) else with is by 1839, American English. The ten-foot pole was a common tool used to set stakes for fences, etc., and the phrase "Can't touch de bottom with a ten foot pole" is in the popular old minstrel show song "Camptown Races."\n\n"I saw her eat."\n
"No very unnatural occurrence I should think."\n
"But she ate an onion!"\n
"Right my boy, right, never marry a woman who would touch an onion with a ten foot pole."\n

["The Collegian," University of Virginia, 1839]


"ends of Earth's axis," late 14c., from Old French pole or directly from Latin polus "end of an axis;" also "the sky, the heavens" (a sense sometimes used in English from 16c.), from Greek polos "pivot, axis of a sphere, the sky," from PIE *kwol- "turn round," from root *kwel- (1) "wheel; turn, roll around" (see cycle (n.)).


"to furnish with poles," 1570s, from pole (n.1). Meaning "to push with a pole" is from 1753. Related: Poled; poling.


Etymology 1 n. Originally, a stick; now specifically, a long and slender piece of metal or (especially) wood, used for various construction or support purposes. vb. 1 To propel by pushing with poles, to push with a pole. 2 To identify something quite precisely using a telescope. 3 (context transitive English) To furnish with poles for support. 4 (context transitive English) To convey on poles. 5 (context transitive English) To stir, as molten glass, with a pole. Etymology 2

n. 1 Either of the two points on the earth's surface around which it rotates; also, similar points on any other rotating object. 2 A point of magnetic focus, especially each of the two opposing such points of a magnet (designated north and south). 3 (context geometry English) A fixed point relative to other points or lines. 4 (context electricity English) A contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves. 5 (context complex analysis English) For a meromorphic function f(z): a point a for which f(z) rightarrow infty as z rightarrow a. 6 (context obsolete English) The firmament; the sky. vb. (context transitive English) To induce piezoelectricity in (a substance) by aligning the dipoles.

  1. v. propel with a pole; "pole barges on the river"; "We went punting in Cambridge" [syn: punt]

  2. support on poles; "pole climbing plants like beans"

  3. deoxidize molten metals by stirring them with a wooden pole

  1. n. a long (usually round) rod of wood or metal or plastic

  2. a native or inhabitant of Poland

  3. one of two divergent or mutually exclusive opinions; "they are at opposite poles"; "they are poles apart"

  4. a linear measure of 16.5 feet [syn: perch, rod]

  5. a square rod of land [syn: perch, rod]

  6. one of two points of intersection of the Earth's axis and the celestial sphere [syn: celestial pole]

  7. one of two antipodal points where the Earth's axis of rotation intersects the Earth's surface

  8. a contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves [syn: terminal]

  9. a long fiberglass sports implement used for pole vaulting

  10. one of the two ends of a magnet where the magnetism seems to be concentrated [syn: magnetic pole]


Pole may refer to:

Pole (complex analysis)

In the mathematical field of complex analysis, a pole of a meromorphic function is a certain type of singularity that behaves like the singularity of $\frac{1}{z^n}$ at z = 0. For a pole of the function f(z) at point a the function approaches infinity as z approaches a.

Pole (musician)

Pole is the artistic name of Stefan Betke (born 18 February 1967), a German electronic music artist commonly associated with the glitch genre as well as dubtronica.

Pole (album)

Pole is an album by Pole. It was released by Mute in 2003. Four of the album's nine tracks feature vocals from American hip-hop artist Fat Jon.

Pole (surname)

The surname Pole usually derives from "Pool", a person associated with a body of water.

The Welsh de la Poles descended from Gruffydd ap Gwenwynwyn take their name from the previous association with the place Welshpool. The link between the knightly de la Poles of Wales (pre-1300), and William de la Pole (Chief Baron of the Exchequer), of Hull and his descendants, is uncertain and unproven. It is presented as fact in some genealogies. (See Parentage of William de la Pole (d.1366). Additionally some medieval contemporaries may have been unrelated to either family.

Pole (Stockhausen)

Pole (Poles), for two performers with shortwave receivers and a sound projectionist, is a composition by Karlheinz Stockhausen, written in 1970. It is Number 30 in the catalogue of the composer's works.

POLE (gene)

DNA polymerase epsilon catalytic subunit is an enzyme that in humans is encoded by the POLE gene. It is the central catalytic subunit of DNA polymerase epsilon.

Usage examples of "pole".

I They secured the end of the rope to one of the poles wedged like an anchor in the opening of the tunnel that led to the crystal cavern, and Craig abseiled down the rope to the water at the bottom of the shaft once more.

At night, when everybody was asleep, he and the famous airman Lyapidevsky found and rescued the Chelyuskin expedition, and with Vodopyanov he landed heavy aircraft on the pack ice at the North Pole, arid with Chkalov opened the unexplored air route to the United States across the Pole.

The supporting poles were kicked aside, and before they hit the ground Erik and Akee, along with two other men, were lifting the heavy oaken bar out of the brackets that held it in place.

The little boy had now converted his alpenstock into a vaulting pole, by the aid of which he was springing about in the gravel and kicking it up not a little.

At this moment the Southern Cross presented itself to the observer in an inverted position, the star Alpha marking its base, which is nearer to the southern pole.

The value of this angle would give the height of Alpha, and consequently that of the pole above the horizon, that is to say, the latitude of the island, since the latitude of a point of the globe is always equal to the height of the pole above the horizon of this point.

Now, this angle by adding to it the twenty-seven degrees which separated Alpha from the antarctic pole, and by reducing to the level of the sea the height of the cliff on which the observation had been made, was found to be fiftythree degrees.

I can make a radiotelephone call to the builders on the way, and we can probably have a new alternator and spinnaker pole waiting for us in Panama.

And before she had any time to prepare herself for it, there they stood on the embankment, with the Grand Canal opening resplendently before them in gleaming amorphous blues and greens and olives and silvers, and the tottering palace fronts of marble and inlay leaning over to look at their faces in it, and the mooring poles, top-heavy, striped, lantern-headed, bristling outside the doorways in the cobalt-shadowed water, and the sudden bunches of piles propped together like drunks holding one another up outside an English pub after closing time.

He sipped from a tin mug of arrack while Sharpe negotiated the muslin screen and then stood to attention beneath the ridge pole.

And all the villagers were there, every male soul on the estate from Hob the austringer down to old Wat with no nose, all carrying spears or pitchforks or old scythe blades or stout poles.

The experiencing self in his autobiographical narrative is disciplined by an overarching intelligence that keeps directing the storytelling toward the pole of analysis.

But was the righteous Ali Baba ready to take this earthenware cup that is now in his hands and smash it into bits against this nearby tent pole?

In the distance, she saw several on the river fishing, while two more crossed the bateau bridge, carrying a slain deer on a pole between them.

When the sky was black, Beane drove his pole through the small glass observation window of the lift control hut.