Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In dyeing, the process of working loose cotton or wool fiber in dye-vats with poles.
  • noun In elect, the adjustment or arrangement of the poles of an open magnetic circuit.
  • noun The act of using a pole for any purpose.
  • noun A process used in toughening copper.
  • noun In horticulture, the operation of scattering wormcasts on garden-walks with poles.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Cramming for examination; hard study.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of supporting or of propelling by means of a pole or poles
  • noun (Gardening) The operation of dispersing worm casts over the walks with poles.
  • noun One of the poles or planks used in upholding the side earth in excavating a tunnel, ditch, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of pole.
  • noun The act of supporting or of propelling by means of a pole or poles.
  • noun The operation of dispersing wormcasts over the walks with poles.
  • noun One of the poles or planks used in upholding the side earth in excavating a tunnel, ditch, etc.

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Examples

  • Then he propelled himself into the channel, using the shovel to push himself through the water like a man "poling" a canoe.

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  • It was a case of "poling" down on our heels again; and our two guides hailed the

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  • The wind had grown more violent as we still fought our way forward, resting and rowing by turns, and oftener "poling" the shallower surface, but the old VALDA, or bench, is still distant.

    Selected Stories of Bret Harte

  • The wind had grown more violent, as we still fought our way forward, resting and rowing by turns, and oftener "poling" the shallower surface, but the old valda, or bench, is still distant.

    The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Tales With Condensed Novels, Spanish and American Legends, and Earlier Papers

  • And yet: the elections law is not finalized; the voting system is not finalized; serious issues relating to the registration of voters and the formation of the electoral roll have not been resolved; authority over official supervision of the process has not been established -- will it be the judiciary, if so will voting be spread over several days to enable a judicial presence at every poling station?

    Neil Hicks: Egypt's Malaise

  • Twenty miles out of Sunrise he and Timothy Brown were poling the boat along the rocky shore.

    BÂTARD

  • So those bound up-river pitched their poling-boats and shod their poles with iron, and those bound down caulked their scows and barges and shaped spare sweeps with axe and drawing-knife.

    CHAPTER 23

  • The other dropped into the bottom of the canoe, and then canoe and poling boat went down the stream in a drifting battle.

    BÂTARD

  • The percentage of people in favor of Sarkozy's action rose to 35% in July from 30% in June, according to a survey published Tuesday by French poling agency Ipsos.

    French Socialist Dismisses Link to Strauss-Kahn Case

  • And yet: the elections law is not finalized; the voting system is not finalized; serious issues relating to the registration of voters and the formation of the electoral roll have not been resolved; authority over official supervision of the process has not been established -- will it be the judiciary, if so will voting be spread over several days to enable a judicial presence at every poling station?

    Neil Hicks: Egypt's Malaise

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