Pole vs Polack - What's the difference?

pole | polack |

As nouns the difference between pole and polack

is that pole is pole while polack is .



Etymology 1

From (etyl) pole, pal, from (etyl) .


(en noun)
  • Originally, a stick; now specifically, a long and slender piece of metal or (especially) wood, used for various construction or support purposes.
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  • (angling) A type of basic fishing rod.
  • A long fiberglass sports implement used for pole-vaulting.
  • (slang, spotting) A telescope used to identify birds, aeroplanes or wildlife.
  • (historical) A unit of length, equal to a perch (¼ chain or 5½ yards).
  • (auto racing) Pole position.
  • (analysis) a singularity that behaves like \frac{1}{z^n} at z = 0
  • Synonyms
    * See also


    * (analysis) root, zero
    Derived terms
    (terms derived from pole) * flagpole * maypole * poleaxe * pole vault


  • To propel by pushing with poles, to push with a pole.
  • Huck Finn poled that raft southward down the Mississippi because going northward against the current was too much work.
  • To identify something quite precisely using a telescope.
  • He poled off the serial of the Gulfstream to confirm its identity.
  • To furnish with poles for support.
  • to pole beans or hops
  • To convey on poles.
  • to pole hay into a barn
  • To stir, as molten glass, with a pole.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) pole, .


    (en noun)
  • Either of the two points on the earth's surface around which it rotates; also, similar points on any other rotating object.
  • A point of magnetic focus, especially each of the two opposing such points of a magnet (designated north and south).
  • (geometry) A fixed point relative to other points or lines.
  • (electricity) A contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves.
  • (complex analysis) For a meromorphic function f(z): a point a for which f(z) \rightarrow \infty as z \rightarrow a.
  • The function f(z) = \frac{1}{z-3} has a single pole at z = 3 .
  • (obsolete) The firmament; the sky.
  • * Milton
  • shoots against the dusky pole
    * (complex analysis) zero
    Derived terms
    * polar * polarity * dipole * monopole * north pole * south pole * poles apart * polestar, pole star * pole vault


  • To induce piezoelectricity in (a substance) by aligning the dipoles.
  • Anagrams

    * ----



    Alternative forms

    * Polak, Pollack, Pollock, Polock


    (en noun)
  • A Pole, or person of Polish descent.
  • (obsolete)
  • * c.'' 1600 ,
  • which to him appear'd / to be a preparation against the Polack . - Act II, Scene ii, line 63
    So levied as before against the Pollack . - Act II, Scene ii, line 75
    Why, then the Polack never will defend it. - Act IV, Scene iv, line 23
  • *
  • Usage notes

    * The term was used neutrally through the late nineteenth century, but is today considered an ethnic slur.


    * (person of Polish descent) Pole, Polish person

    See also

    * palooka