Definition of pole :
1. 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) 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. ( b) A flag pole, a pole on which a flag is supported. ( c) A Maypole. See Maypole. ( d) A barber's pole, a pole painted in stripes, used as a sign by barbers and hairdressers. ( e) A pole on which climbing beans, hops, or other vines, are trained.
2. 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.
3. A native or inhabitant of Poland; a Polander.
4. 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.
5. Either extremity of an axis of a sphere; especially, one of the extremities of the earth's axis; as, the north pole.
6. 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.
7. See Polarity, and Polar, n.
8. The firmament; the sky.
9. To convey on poles; as, to pole hay into a barn.
10. To furnish with poles for support; as, to pole beans or hops.
11. To impel by a pole or poles, as a boat.
12. To stir, as molten glass, with a pole.
shaft (part of speech: noun)
- They'd had to track and pole up here, all the way from the Falls, and at night they were worn out. - "The Young Alaskans on the Missouri", Emerson Hough.
- In answering this question they speedily found themselves, as might have been expected, at the opposite pole of thought from things political. - "On Compromise", John Morley.
- And she dared not strike her pole into the ground. - "The Card, A Story Of Adventure In The Five Towns", Arnold Bennett.