Cane vs Pole - What's the difference?

cane | pole |


As a proper noun cane

is (linguistics).

As a noun pole is

pole.

cane

English

Noun

  • To do with a plant with simple stems, like bamboo or sugar cane.
  • # (uncountable) The slender, flexible main stem of a plant such as bamboo, including many species in the grass family Gramineae.
  • # (uncountable) The plant itself, including many species in the grass family Gramineae; a reed.
  • # (uncountable) Sugar cane.
  • #* {{quote-book, year=1907, author=
  • , chapter=7, title= The Dust of Conflict , passage=Still, a dozen men with rifles, and cartridges to match, stayed behind when they filed through a white aldea lying silent amid the cane , and the Sin Verguenza swung into slightly quicker stride.}}
  • # (US, Southern) Maize or, rarely, sorghum, when such plants are processed to make molasses (treacle) or sugar.
  • The stem of such a plant adapted for use as a tool.
  • # (countable) A short rod or stick, traditionally of wood or bamboo, used for corporal punishment.
  • # (uncountable) Corporal punishment by beating with a cane.
  • # A lance or dart made of cane.
  • #* (John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • Judgelike thou sitt'st, to praise or to arraign / The flying skirmish of the darted cane .
  • A rod-shaped tool or device, somewhat like a cane.
  • # (countable) A strong short staff used for support or decoration during walking; a walking stick.
  • #* {{quote-book, year=1905, author=
  • , title= , chapter=2 citation , passage=The cane was undoubtedly of foreign make, for it had a solid silver ferrule at one end, which was not English hall–marked.}}
  • #* , chapter=10
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=Men that I knew around Wapatomac didn't wear high, shiny plug hats, nor yeller spring overcoats, nor carry canes with ivory heads as big as a catboat's anchor, as you might say.}}
  • # (countable, glassblowing) A length of colored and/or patterned glass rod, used in the specific glassblowing technique called caneworking.
  • # (countable) A long rod often collapsible and commonly white (for visibility to other persons), used by vision impaired persons for guidance in determining their course and for probing for obstacles in their path.
  • (uncountable) Split rattan, as used in wickerwork, basketry and the like.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , chapter=1, title= The China Governess , passage=The half-dozen pieces […] were painted white and carved with festoons of flowers, birds and cupids. […]  The bed was the most extravagant piece.  Its graceful cane halftester rose high towards the cornice and was so festooned in carved white wood that the effect was positively insecure, as if the great couch were trimmed with icing sugar.}}
  • A local European measure of length; the canna.
  • Synonyms

    * (the slender flexible stem of a plant such as bamboo) stem, stalk; (of a tree) trunk * (the plant itself) reed * (sugar cane) molasses cane * switch, rod * (corporal punishment by beating with a cane) the cane, a caning, six of the best, whipping, cuts * (strong short staff used for support during walking) staff, walking stick * (a long rod often collapsible) white cane, blind man's cane

    Derived terms

    * bamboo cane * blind man's cane * cane knife * cane rat * cane sugar * cane toad * caneworking * floricane * primocane * sugar cane * walking cane * white cane

    Verb

    (can)
  • To strike or beat with a cane or similar implement.
  • (British, New Zealand, slang) To destroy.
  • (British, New Zealand, slang) To do something well, in a competent fashion.
  • (UK, slang, intransitive) To produce extreme pain.
  • Don't hit me with that. It really canes !
    Mate, my legs cane !
  • To make or furnish with cane or rattan.
  • to cane chairs

    Anagrams

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    pole

    English

    Etymology 1

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

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Originally, a stick; now specifically, a long and slender piece of metal or (especially) wood, used for various construction or support purposes.
  • *
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients, chapter=1 , passage=For a spell we done pretty well. Then there came a reg'lar terror of a sou'wester same as you don't get one summer in a thousand, and blowed the shanty flat and ripped about half of the weir poles out of the sand.}}
  • (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

    Antonyms

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

    Verb

    (pol)
  • 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, .

    Noun

    (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
    Antonyms
    * (complex analysis) zero
    Derived terms
    * polar * polarity * dipole * monopole * north pole * south pole * poles apart * polestar, pole star * pole vault

    Verb

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