Pole may refer to:

Cylindrical object

  • A solid cylindrical object with length greater than its diameter e.g:
    • Barber's pole, advertising a barber shop
    • Danish pole, a circus prop
    • Firemen's pole, a wooden pole or a metal tube or pipe installed between floors in fire stations
    • Flag pole, a metal pole from which a flag is hung
    • Lamppost, a raised source of light on the edge of a road
    • Totem pole, monumental sculptures carved from great trees
    • 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
      • Festivus pole, a pole used in the celebration of Festivus that is traditionally made of aluminum
      • 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 vaulting pole, a pole used for pole vaulting
      • Pole-sitting pole, a pole used for pole sitting, which is the practice of sitting on a pole for extended lengths of time
      • 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
    • Fishing pole, another name for fishing rod
    • Pole position, in motorsport, the position at the front of the grid (originally marked with a pole)
    • Another name for the rod, a unit of length equal to 11 cubits, 5.0292 meters or 16.5 feet (originally the length of a metal rod, or pole)


  • 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, a circle of latitude where the sun is above and below the horizon for 24 continuous hours at least once per year
    • Polar climate, the climate of the polar regions, characterized by a lack of warm summers
    • 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 pole
    • 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
  • Mount Everest, the third "top" of the Earth
  • Pole of inaccessibility, a location that is the most challenging to reach owing to its remoteness from geographical features which could provide access


  • Celestial pole, the projection of the Earth's axis onto the celestial sphere (or analogous concept applied to other bodies)
  • Pole star, a visible star that is approximately aligned with the Earth's axis of rotation
  • Orbital pole
  • For concepts analogous to the Earth's geographic and magnetic poles on other planets and Solar System bodies, see Poles of astronomical bodies

Science and mathematics

  • One "half" of a dipole
  • Pole, a term used in electrical circuits referring to switches.
  • Pole (complex analysis), a certain type of mathematical singularity
  • Pole (geometry), a point that describes the position and orientation of a line with respect to a given circle
  • Landau pole, the energy scale where a coupling constant of a quantum field theory becomes infinite
  • Monopole
    • Magnetic monopole, a hypothetical particle that may be loosely described as a magnet with only one pole
    • Monopole (mathematics), a connection over a principal bundle G with a section (the Higgs field) of the associated adjoint bundle
    • Monopole (wine), an appellation controlled by a single winery
    • Monopole antenna, a radio antenna that replaces half of a dipole antenna with a ground plane at right-angles to the remaining half



  • Poles, people originating from or inhabiting the country of Poland
  • Pole (musician), an electronic music artist named Stefan Betke

As a surname

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