Meaning of POLE in English

POLE

/ pəʊl; NAmE poʊl/ noun , verb

■ noun

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

—picture at curtain , gondola

—see also bargepole , flagpole , telegraph pole , totem pole

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.

( physics ) either of the two ends of a magnet , or the positive or negative points of an electric battery

4.

either of two opposite or contrasting extremes :

Their opinions were at opposite poles of the debate.

IDIOMS

- be poles apart

- up the pole

—more at greasy , touch verb

■ verb

[ vn , v + adv. / prep. ] to move a boat by pushing on the bottom of a river, etc. with a pole

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WORD ORIGIN

verb and noun sense 1 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.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.