barbers pole
barber pole arber pole, barbers pole arbers pole . a pole with red and white spiral stripes; -- usually found outside a barbershop.

Note: It is often electrically powered, so as to be turning when the barbershop is open for business and stationary when the shop is closed. It symbolizes the practise of surgery, some aspects of which which used to be performed by barbers. [PJC]


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  • Pole — Pole, n. [As. p[=a]l, L. palus, akin to pangere to make fast. Cf. {Pale} a stake, {Pact}.] 1. A long, slender piece of wood; a tall, slender piece of timber; the stem of a small tree whose branches have been removed; as, specifically: (a) A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pole bean — Pole Pole, n. [As. p[=a]l, L. palus, akin to pangere to make fast. Cf. {Pale} a stake, {Pact}.] 1. A long, slender piece of wood; a tall, slender piece of timber; the stem of a small tree whose branches have been removed; as, specifically: (a) A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pole flounder — Pole Pole, n. [As. p[=a]l, L. palus, akin to pangere to make fast. Cf. {Pale} a stake, {Pact}.] 1. A long, slender piece of wood; a tall, slender piece of timber; the stem of a small tree whose branches have been removed; as, specifically: (a) A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pole fluke — Pole Pole, n. [As. p[=a]l, L. palus, akin to pangere to make fast. Cf. {Pale} a stake, {Pact}.] 1. A long, slender piece of wood; a tall, slender piece of timber; the stem of a small tree whose branches have been removed; as, specifically: (a) A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pole lathe — Pole Pole, n. [As. p[=a]l, L. palus, akin to pangere to make fast. Cf. {Pale} a stake, {Pact}.] 1. A long, slender piece of wood; a tall, slender piece of timber; the stem of a small tree whose branches have been removed; as, specifically: (a) A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pole mast — Pole Pole, n. [As. p[=a]l, L. palus, akin to pangere to make fast. Cf. {Pale} a stake, {Pact}.] 1. A long, slender piece of wood; a tall, slender piece of timber; the stem of a small tree whose branches have been removed; as, specifically: (a) A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pole of a lens — Pole Pole, n. [As. p[=a]l, L. palus, akin to pangere to make fast. Cf. {Pale} a stake, {Pact}.] 1. A long, slender piece of wood; a tall, slender piece of timber; the stem of a small tree whose branches have been removed; as, specifically: (a) A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pole plate — Pole Pole, n. [As. p[=a]l, L. palus, akin to pangere to make fast. Cf. {Pale} a stake, {Pact}.] 1. A long, slender piece of wood; a tall, slender piece of timber; the stem of a small tree whose branches have been removed; as, specifically: (a) A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • barber pole — arber pole, barbers pole arbers pole . a pole with red and white spiral stripes; usually found outside a barbershop. Note: It is often electrically powered, so as to be turning when the barbershop is open for business and stationary when the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Barber's pole — A barber s pole is a type of sign used by barbers, a pole with white and red stripes. They have been known to be of different colors. For example, it was common practice to have black and yellow stripes in the City of Baltimore, Maryland until… …   Wikipedia

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