Definitions

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  • n. A fixed metal pole, installed in a multi-storey building or firehouse, that allows the occupants to quickly descend floors.

Etymologies

fire +‎ pole (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Finally this year, in May, 2009, the renovation and move were complete and this summer, the executive work of Ignatius Press takes place in the firehouse (brass firepole included) on 1348 Tenth Avenue.

    Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog:

  • Where other early animators drew 'straight ahead' from one motion to the next, Disney animators picked key positions and animated between them—a process reflected in the sketch (above) of Donald slipping down a firepole in 'Fire Chief' (1940).

    Photo-Op: Animal House

  • Dr. Raymond Stantz sliding down the firepole when they buy Ghostbusters HQ sums up everything I love about the character.

    Major Spoilers Poll of the Week: Ghostbusters | Major Spoilers - Comic Book Reviews and News

  • We cud go watch teh firemenz slide down teh firepole.

    Iz never dun dis befor - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • Two of our offices have slides, and one actually has a firepole between floors.

    High-powered search for Arabic-speaking engineers

  • Catherine looked up at the garish glowing neon sign on a pole looming over the sidewalk, featuring a red outline that suggested an overly endowed woman, sliding down a blue neon firepole; when the neon stripper reached the bottom, giant green letters…one at a time…spelled out DREAM DOLLS, then held and pulsed…before the sequence started again.

    Sin City

  • But at the center of the stairwell, reachable by walking out on a wheel-spoked shaped platform, was a firepole.

    The Arsenal

  • Who slides down the celestial firepole each morning, seizes the wheel of the cosmic bus, and embarks on a bewilderness adventure of higher nondoodling?

    One C?smos

  • I don't know about you, but if I had a chance to go into an old former firehouse that's being considered for the National Registry of Historic Places the first thing I would want to see would be where the firepole was located.

    Southern Maryland Community Forums

  • A friend of mine had a successful startup company, so they put a firepole in the upstairs meeting room so that after the meeting, everyone could slide down and then run to their desks and work on the next exciting thing.

    Boing Boing

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