Sense: 1
Origin: Old English pal, from Latin palus; PALE3
Sense: 2-5
Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: polus, from Greek polos


1 noun
pole1 W3 [countable]


D a long stick or post usually made of wood or metal, often set upright in the ground to support something:
a telephone pole
2SG the most northern or most southern point on a planet, especially the Earth:
the distance from pole to equator
the North/South Pole
Amundsen's expedition was the first to reach the South Pole.

be poles apart

two people or things that are poles apart are as different from each other as it is possible to be:
Both are brilliant pianists, though they're poles apart in style.

opposite ideas/beliefs

one of two situations, ideas, or opinions that are the complete opposite of each other
at a/one/opposite poles
We have enormous wealth at one pole, and poverty and misery at the other.
Washington and Beijing are at opposite poles (=think in two completely different ways) on this issue.


a) HP one of two points at the ends of a magnet where its power is the strongest
b) HPE one of the two points at which wires can be attached to a battery in order to use its electricity

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