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  • Andrée's Departure for the North Pole
    Andrée's Departure for the North Pole
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Poling One of the poles or planks used in upholding the side earth in excavating a tunnel, ditch, etc.
    • Poling The act of supporting or of propelling by means of a pole or poles; as, the poling of beans; the poling of a boat.
    • Poling (Gardening) The operation of dispersing worm casts over the walks with poles.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Barbers at one time combined shaving and haircutting with bloodletting and pulling teeth. The white stripes on a field of red that spiral down a barber pole represent the bandages used in the bloodletting.
    • n poling The act of using a pole for any purpose.
    • n poling A process used in toughening copper. It consists in plunging a long pole of green wood (birch is preferred) into the fused metal on the floor of the refining furnace. This process reduces the oxid which the refined metal still holds, and brings the copper to what is called “tough pitch,” or to the highest attainable degree of malleability. A somewhat similar process, known by the same name, is employed in the refining of tin.
    • n poling In horticulture, the operation of scattering wormcasts on garden-walks with poles.
    • n poling The boards (collectively) used to line the inside of a tunnel during its construction, to prevent the falling of the earth or other loose material.
    • n poling Cramming for examination; hard study.
    • n poling In dyeing, the process of working loose cotton or wool fiber in dye-vats with poles.
    • n poling In elect, the adjustment or arrangement of the poles of an open magnetic circuit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: For 186 days you can not see the sun in the North Pole.
    • n Poling pō′ling act of using a pole for any purpose.
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  • Vicki Baum
    Vicki Baum
    “Fame always brings loneliness. Success is as ice cold and lonely as the North Pole.”
  • Doug Larson
    Doug Larson
    “If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “There are few virtues that the Poles do not possess and there are few errors they have ever avoided.”
  • Muriel Spark
    Muriel Spark
    “I wouldn't take the Pope too seriously. He's a Pole first, a pope second, and maybe a Christian third.”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “Oh Sleep! it is a gentle thing, beloved from pole to pole, to Mary Queen the praise be given! She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven, that slid into my soul.”
  • Vicki Baum
    Vicki Baum
    “Success is as ice cold and lonely as the North Pole.”


At the bottom of the totem pole - (USA) If someone is at the bottom of the totem pole, they are unimportant. Opposite is at the top of the totem pole.
Climb the greasy pole - Advance within an organisation - especially in politics.
Greasy pole - (UK) The greasy pole is the difficult route to the top of politics, business, etc.
Pole position - If you're in pole position, you're in the best position to win or achieve something.
Poles apart - When two people or parties have an opinion or point of view that is as far apart as they could possibly be, they are poles apart.
Wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot pole - (USA) If you wouldn't touch something with a ten-foot pole, you would not consider being involved under any circumstances. (In British English, people say they wouldn't touch it with a bargepole)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Pole a stick


In literature:

Your reply will of course be that the pole S attracts n while the pole N repels it.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Another sat in the stern, with a pole in his hand.
"Forests of Maine" by Jacob S. Abbott
The crooked little Pole's genius and character were alike unknown to Count Julius.
"A Son of the Immortals" by Louis Tracy
It all lay hidden in that elementary law of magnetism, like poles repel and unlike poles attract.
"Pharaoh's Broker" by Ellsworth Douglass
A long slender pole like a telegraph pole held the gate in place.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
Some jabbed the pike poles in and then walked forward along the boom logs.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
Dmitri had been weakened by his Poles being called home.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
A few long poles were cut and trimmed flat.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
A canvas shelter pitched upon a pole or poles, and stayed with cords and pegs.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Then a number of sticks were tied from pole to pole across it.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
Take these two telegraph poles nearest us and tell me how far they are apart.
"Starlight Ranch" by Charles King
She wondered what the Pole could have in common with her father.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
Single pole pushing: Contestants grasp end of pole, 6 feet long and 2 inches thick, and brace themselves.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Twice he managed to clamber half way up the pole, and twice he slid ignominiously to the ground.
"Chasing an Iron Horse" by Edward Robins
Not a pole, not even a piece of board, could he find.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
We put de brush on de poles to keep de dirt from runnin' through.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
Some believed the pole would never be discovered.
"The Goddess of Atvatabar" by William R. Bradshaw
Two days after, a party of ten of us, with plenty of provisions on our sledge, and a tent, started under the doctor's guidance for the Pole.
"Seven Frozen Sailors" by George Manville Fenn
It first consisted only of a chimney and a flag-pole, but every mile added something to it.
"Narrative of the March of Co. A, Engineers from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to Fort Bridger, Utah, and Return" by William P. Seville
Poor country, covered with pine poles.
"An Artilleryman's Diary" by Jenkin Lloyd Jones

In poetry:

Still strain the banner-poles
Through the wind's song,
Westward the banner rolls
Over my wrong.
"A Good Knight In Prison" by William Morris
White man said to Ajax,
"Leave the poles at once."
Ajax said to white man,
"You must be a dunce."
"Ajax Votes for McKinley" by Frank Barbour Coffin
But see on pole suspended,
A serpent now appears;
And hark! what blissful tidings
Salute the mourner's ears.
"The Great Physician" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
To and fro, and up and down,
He ran so swiftly there,
As round and round the frozen Pole
Glideth the lean white bear.
"The Ballad Of Judas Iscariot" by Robert Williams Buchanan
XIII. Then, oh! tell me, dear friend, what has place, what has scene,
To do with the heart or the soul?
For like theirs, sure thine own gen'rous bosom had been
The same 'neath the line or the pole.
"Fragment XVI." by Sydney Owenson
Brothers o' mine, brothers o' mine,
All the world over, from pole to pole --
All of them brothers of mine and thine --
Every wondering, blundering soul.
Banded together by grace divine,
Brothers o' mine, brothers o' mine.
"Brothers O' Mine" by C J Dennis

In news:

Firefighters there are continuing to battle the Pole Creek Fire just outside of town.
New fixture is to be installed after a utility pole was brought in Monday.
Red Bull Racing is embroiled in a technical row ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, with rival teams unhappy about the floor design on the pole-winning car.
The recent political history of New York City would suggest that Bill Thompson, the former city comptroller, should be in pole position heading into the 2013 mayoral election.
Braham's Eng sets pole vault record at GRC Finals.
A food-delivery person who couldn't find a spot on a pole chained his bike directly to mine instead.
South Pole evacuee recovering well after stroke.
Going to the North Pole Meeting Santa & telling him all her secrets.
Marco Island city sign at foot of Jolley Bridge destroyed in crash, flag pole dented.
Dan Peschong ponders Brad Mills' success at the quarter pole of the 2012 season.
Sophomore Katie Dison takes off during a pole vault attempt.
Pole Fire from 5 Mile Butte Photo: Matt Laubach.
Winds Push Pole Creek Fire Away From Sisters September 11, 2012 By Rachael McDonald.
The Pole Creek Fire near Sisters has grown to 43 hundred acres.
Fredonia native and US Olympian Jennifer Suhr took first place Sunday in the pole vault at the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham, England.

In science:

The reality condition implies that α is a pole if and only if α is a pole.
Generators for Rational Loop Groups and Geometric Applications
Thus, in contrast to the case of CSp(n, C), removing a pole at α simultaneously removes the pole at α.
Generators for Rational Loop Groups and Geometric Applications
We proceed by induction on degree, considering the cases of purely imaginary poles and non-imaginary poles separately.
Generators for Rational Loop Groups and Geometric Applications
If we manage to remove the pole at α by successively multiplying with loops satisfying the reality and twisting conditions, we automatically remove these other poles as well.
Generators for Rational Loop Groups and Geometric Applications
That we do not have a more complicated product of simple elements having poles at α and α is due to the fact that the left hand side has only simple poles there.
Generators for Rational Loop Groups and Geometric Applications
The only new difficulty occurs for poles of order 1, so suppose we have applied the induction step until only such poles remain.
Generators for Rational Loop Groups and Geometric Applications
M, N has poles only at β and β, and because β ∈ iR, the loop σ(pβ, M, N (−λ)) has the same poles.
Generators for Rational Loop Groups and Geometric Applications
Let x ∈ K (C ) have only simple poles, and let y ∈ K (C ) have a single (possibly, multiple) pole which is a pole of x as well.
Quantitative Riemann existence theorem over a number field
The function y has a single pole P which is a pole of x as well.
Quantitative Riemann existence theorem over a number field
Also, since y has no poles outside the poles of x, it is integral over the ring ¯Q[x].
Quantitative Riemann existence theorem over a number field
The counterterm coefficients Ak (ε), Bk (ε) and Ck (ε) contain poles at ε = 0 which cancel the UV poles of the bare theory.
Field Theory of the RNA Freezing Transition
Following Trakhtenbrot and Tutte we define a network as a connected graph with two “special” vertices, called the left pole and the right pole, such that adding the edge between the poles the resulting (multi-)graph is biconnected.
3-Connected Cores In Random Planar Graphs
Series networks : A network of type S consists of two networks N1 and N2, such that the right pole of N1 is identified with the left pole of N2 .
3-Connected Cores In Random Planar Graphs
This theory is associated to a sphere with two punctures, such that the quadratic differential φ2 has a pole of degree 3 at a puncture (say at z = 0) and a pole of degree 4 at the other puncture (say at z = ∞).
Asymptotically free N=2 theories and irregular conformal blocks
Therefore there must be a pole of f j in U1, which is a contradiction since f has no poles.
Quasiregular dynamics on the n-sphere