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'pole' can also refer to...

animal pole

Arthur Pole (c. 1532—1570) conspirator

barber's pole effect

bare poles

Battle of Psie Pole

celestial pole

cold pole

countess of Salisbury, Margaret Pole (1473—1541) noblewoman

David Lawrence Shmarya Pole (1923—1977)

David Pole (c. 1510—1568) bishop of Peterborough

de la Pole family

dip pole

ecliptic pole

Edmund de la Pole (c. 1472—1513) nobleman and claimant to the English throne

galactic pole

geomagnetic pole

greasy pole

growth pole

Henry Pole (1492—1539) nobleman and convicted traitor

jockey pole

John de la Pole (c. 1460—1487) magnate and rebel

John de la Pole (1442—1492) magnate

magnetic pole

mean pole

Michael de la Pole (c. 1330—1389) administrator

Michael de la Pole (1368—1415) magnate

north magnetic pole

North Pole

Ovče Pole

palaeomagnetic pole


Quick Reference

A long, slender, rounded piece of wood or metal, typically used with one end placed in the ground as a support for something; from the late 15th century, of definite length, and used as a measure. From this, pole came to mean a measure of length, equivalent to a perch. Recorded from Old English, the word is of Germanic origin, ultimately based on Latin palus ‘stake’.

pole position the most favourable position at the start of a motor race, from a 19th-century use of pole in horse racing, denoting the starting position next to the inside boundary fence.

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