From (etyl) pole, pal, from (etyl) .
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 at
* See also
* (analysis) root, zero
(terms derived from pole)
* pole vault
To propel by pushing with poles, to push with a pole.
To identify something quite precisely using a telescope.
- Huck Finn poled that raft southward down the Mississippi because going northward against the current was too much work.
To furnish with poles for support.
- He poled off the serial of the Gulfstream to confirm its identity.
To convey on poles.
- to pole beans or hops
To stir, as molten glass, with a pole.
- to pole hay into a barn
From (etyl) pole, .
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 : a point for which as .
(obsolete) The firmament; the sky.
- The function has a single pole at .
- shoots against the dusky pole
* (complex analysis) zero
* north pole
* south pole
* poles apart
* polestar, pole star
* pole vault
To induce piezoelectricity in (a substance) by aligning the dipoles.
A piece of wood or other material, usually long and slender, pointed at one end so as to be easily driven into the ground as a marker or a support or stay.
* (and other bibliographic particulars),
- We have surveyor's stakes at all four corners of this field, to mark exactly its borders.
# A piece of wood driven in the ground, placed in the middle of the court, that is used as the finishing point after scoring 12 hoops in croquet.
A stick inserted upright in a lop, eye, or mortise, at the side or end of a cart, flat car, flatbed trailer, or the like, to prevent goods from falling off.
(with definite article) The piece of timber to which a martyr was affixed to be burned.
- A sharpened stake strong Dryas found.
A share or interest in a business or a given situation.
- Thomas Cranmer was burnt at the stake .
That which is laid down as a wager; that which is staked or hazarded; a pledge.
A small anvil usually furnished with a tang to enter a hole in a bench top, as used by tinsmiths, blacksmiths, etc., for light work, punching upon, etc.
(Mormonism) A territorial division comprising all the Mormons (typically several thousand) in a geographical area.
* (and other bibliographic particulars), Schaff-Herzog Encyc.
- The owners let the managers eventually earn a stake in the business.
- Every city, or stake, including a chief town and surrounding towns, has its president, with two counselors; and this president has a high council of chosen men.
* (croquet) peg
* burn at the stake
* pull up stakes
* stake of Zion
To fasten, support, defend, or delineate with stakes.
To pierce or wound with a stake.
To put at risk upon success in competition, or upon a future contingency.
* (and other bibliographic particulars), (Alexander Pope)
- to stake vines or plants.
To provide another with money in order to engage in an activity as betting or a business venture.
- I'll stake yon lamb, that near the fountain plays.
- John went broke, so to keep him playing, Jill had to ''stake'' him .
- His family staked him $10,000 to get his business started.
* (put at risk) wager, bet
* stake a claim
* stake out