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POLE. A measure of length, equal to five yards and a half. Vide Measure.

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If a continent lies before the pole, it must stop before the continent; but if, on the contrary, the pole is washed by open sea, it will go even to the pole.
It is possible, if the sea exists at the South Pole, that it may be covered; and, consequently, we shall be unable to come to the surface.
The millers belonging to the mills, when they saw the boat coming down the river, and on the point of being sucked in by the draught of the wheels, ran out in haste, several of them, with long poles to stop it, and being all mealy, with faces and garments covered with flour, they presented a sinister appearance.
Katerina Ivanovna was irritated too by the fact that hardly any of the lodgers invited had come to the funeral, except the Pole who had just managed to run into the cemetery, while to the memorial dinner the poorest and most insignificant of them had turned up, the wretched creatures, many of them not quite sober.
I maka da kids worka da pole an' da hub an' da barrel.
sent back again; I hope I'm thankful; but I don't like to hear the North Pole run down in such a fishy place as this.
Then she climbed down from the fence and walked up to it, while Toto ran around the pole and barked.
I could not go to his assistance, because, as ill-luck would have it, we had not taken the proper precaution to bring out a spare pole with us.
I have read with ardour the accounts of the various voyages which have been made in the prospect of arriving at the North Pacific Ocean through the seas which surround the pole.
One Saturday evening when I was having supper with Lena, we heard a knock at her parlour door, and there stood the Pole, coatless, in a dress shirt and collar.
The next they saw was a lithe form spring to the sill of the open window and leap, panther-like, onto the pole across the walk.
They had no oars, nor even a pole to guide the raft with.