Meaning of POLE in English

I. pole 1 W3 /pəʊl $ poʊl/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Sense 1: Language: Old English ; Origin: pal , from Latin palus ; ⇨ ↑ pale 3 ]

[ Sense 2-5: Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: polus , from Greek polos ]

1 . STICK/POST a long stick or post usually made of wood or metal, often set upright in the ground to support something:

a telephone pole

2 . the most northern or most southern point on a ↑ planet , especially the Earth:

the distance from pole to equator

the North/South Pole

Amundsen’s expedition was the first to reach the South Pole.

3 . be poles apart two people or things that are poles apart are as different from each other as it is possible to be:

Both are brilliant pianists, though they’re poles apart in style.

4 . OPPOSITE IDEAS/BELIEFS one of two situations, ideas, or opinions that are the complete opposite of each other

at one pole/at opposite poles

We have enormous wealth at one pole, and poverty and misery at the other.

Washington and Beijing are at opposite poles (=think in two completely different ways) on this issue.


a) one of two points at the ends of a ↑ magnet where its power is the strongest

b) one of the two points at which wires can be attached to a ↑ battery in order to use its electricity

II. pole 2 BrE AmE verb [intransitive and transitive] British English

to push a boat along in the water using a pole

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