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Pole may refer to:


  • Celestial pole, the projection of the planet Earth's axis of rotation onto the celestial sphere; also applies to the axis of rotation of other planets
  • Pole star, a visible star that is approximately aligned with the Earth's axis of rotation
  • Orbital pole, the projection of the line perpendicular to planet Earth's orbit onto the celestial sphere; also applies to the orbit of other planets
  • Poles of astronomical bodies, concepts analogous to the Earth's geographic and magnetic poles on other planets and Solar System bodies

Cylindrical objects[edit]

A solid cylindrical object or column with its length greater than its diameter, for example:

  • Asherah pole, a sacred tree or pole that stood near Canaanite religious locations to honor the Ugaritic mother-goddess Asherah, consort of El
  • Barber's pole, advertising the barber shop
  • Ceremonial pole or festival pole symbolizes a variety of concepts in several different cultures
  • Fireman's pole, wooden pole or a metal tube or pipe installed between floors in fire stations
  • Flagpole (structure), metal pole from which a flag is hung
  • Gin pole, a supported pole which uses a pulley or block and tackle on its upper end to lift loads
  • Lamppost, a raised source of light on the edge of a road
  • Quant pole, a pole used for pushing barges or punts
  • Setting pole, a pole used for propelling boats in shallow waters
  • Pole (surveying), used in geographical surveying
  • Totem pole, monumental sculptures carved from great trees
  • Trolley pole
  • Utility pole, also called a telephone pole, telegraph pole or power pole, a pole that carries utility wires
  • Poles used in sporting and other activities:
    • Dance pole, a pole used for pole dancing and pole sports
    • Danish pole, a circus prop
    • Festivus pole, a pole used in the celebration of Festivus that is traditionally made of aluminium
    • Fishing pole, tool used to catch fish
    • Foul pole, used in the sport of baseball to distinguish foul balls from fair balls hit into the outfield
    • Maypole, a tall wooden pole with ornaments, like ribbons, that is danced around
    • Pole bending, a rodeo event that involves riding a horse around six poles arranged in a line
    • Pole position, in motorsport, the position at the front of the starting grid (originally marked with a pole)
    • Pole-sitting pole, a pole used for pole sitting, which is the practice of sitting on a pole for extended lengths of time
    • Pole vaulting pole, a pole used for pole vaulting
    • Pole weapon, combat weapon in which the main fighting part of the weapon is placed on the end of a long shaft, typically of wood
    • Ski pole, a pole used by skiers to improve balance, speed and acceleration
    • Spinnaker pole, a spar used in sailboats to help support and control a variety of headsails, particularly the spinnaker
    • Trekking pole, also called hiking sticks or hiking poles, a pole used for hiking

Geography and places[edit]

  • Geographical pole, either of two fixed points on the surface of a spinning body or planet, at 90 degrees from the equator, based on the axis around which a body spins
    • North Pole, the northernmost point on the surface of the Earth, where the Earth's axis of rotation intersects the Earth's surface
    • Polar circle, either of two circles of latitude marking the extreme southerly points (northern hemisphere) or northerly points (southern hemisphere) at which the sun may remain above or below the horizon for 24 continuous hours at some point during the year
    • Polar region, the region within the polar circles, referred to as the Arctic and Antarctic
    • South Pole, the southernmost point on the surface of the Earth, where the Earth's axis of rotation intersects the Earth's surface
  • Magnetic poles of astronomical bodies
    • North Magnetic Pole, the shifting point on the Earth to which the "north" end of a dipole magnet points
    • South Magnetic Pole, the shifting point on the Earth to which the "south" end of a dipole magnet points
  • The Tibetan Plateau, also known as the "Third Pole"
    • Mount Everest, the third "top" of the Earth and part of the Three Poles Challenge
  • Pole of inaccessibility, a location that is the most challenging to reach owing to its remoteness from geographical features which could provide access
  • Pole, Lubusz Voivodeship (west Poland)
  • Pole, Botswana, a village in the North East District of Botswana
  • The West Pole, Texas
  • Hanbury Manor, Ware, Hertfordshire, formerly known as "Poles"


  • "East Pole" and "West Pole", imaginary locations; Christopher Robin tells Winnie-the-Pooh that these exist as well but "people don't like talking about them"

Science, technology, and mathematics[edit]

  • In electrical circuit theory, a circuit terminal, either physical or abstract
  • In switch contact terminology, the number of circuits controlled by a switch
  • Pole (unit of length), a unit of length equal to 512 yards, or 1612 feet (5.0292 metres): also known as a rod, or a perch
  • Landau pole, the energy scale where a coupling constant of a quantum field theory becomes infinite
  • Magnetic pole, one of the two ends of a magnet
  • Electric battery terminals
  • Monopole (disambiguation), multiple definitions
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanics
    • Pole, or origin of planes, a certain point on the Mohr's circle, used in stress analysis of materials
  • Meteorology
    • Polar climate, the climate of the polar regions, characterized by a lack of warm summers
    • Polar front, the boundary region between the polar cell and the Ferrel cell in each hemisphere
  • Pole figure, a method for representing crystal symmetry

Psychology and biology[edit]

  • Anterior and posterior poles, surface vertices of the eye's lens
  • Fetal pole, a thickening on the margin of the yolk sac of a fetus during pregnancy
  • Pole of kidney
  • POLE (gene), a DNA polymerase epsilon catalytic subunit – enzyme that in humans is encoded by the POLE gene
  • Cell (biology), either extremity of the main axis of a nucleus, cell, or organism. Important structures situated close to such extremities have also been regarded as poles (e.g. animal cell centrosomes).
  • East Pole–West Pole divide, an intellectual schism between researchers in the fields of cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience


Names and people[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Pole, an opponent in the video game Yie Ar Kung-Fu
  • Jill Pole, a fictional character from C. S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia series


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