Definition of pole noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəʊl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//poʊl//
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  1. 1  a long thin straight piece of wood or metal, especially one with the end placed in the ground, used as a support a tent pole a ski pole a curtain pole see also bargepole, flagpole, telegraph pole, totem pole
  2. 2  either of the two points at the opposite ends of the line on which the earth or any other planet turns the North/South Pole
  3. 3 (physics) either of the two ends of a magnet, or the positive or negative points of an electric battery
  4. 4either of two opposite or contrasting extremes Their opinions were at opposite poles of the debate.
  5. Word Originnoun sense 1 and up the pole. late Old English pāl (in early use without reference to thickness or length), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch paal and German Pfahl, based on Latin palus ‘stake’. noun senses 2 to 4 and be poles apart. late Middle English: from Latin polus ‘end of an axis’, from Greek polos ‘pivot, axis, sky’.Extra examples In temperament, she and her sister are poles apart. The meridian is an imaginary line drawn from pole to pole. The north magnetic pole lies to the west of the geographic North Pole. The two authors represent the opposite poles of fictional genius an artistic compromise between the poles of abstraction and representation A punt is a boat that you move by pushing a long pole against the bottom of the river. I stood resting on my ski poles and watched her come down the slope. The tent poles are made of aluminium a fishing poleIdioms to be widely separated; to have no interests that you share Her own friends were poles apart from his. (informal) used to refer to the difficult way to the top of a profession
    not touch somebody/something with a bargepole (British English) (North American English not touch somebody/something with a ten-foot pole)
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    (informal) to refuse to get involved with somebody/something or in a particular situation Personally, I wouldn’t touch him or his business with a bargepole.
    (old-fashioned, British English, informal) crazy See related entries: Describing strange traits
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pole