Pole vs. Post - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Pole (noun)

    Originally, a stick; now specifically, a long and slender piece of metal or (especially) wood, used for various construction or support purposes.

  • Pole (noun)

    A type of basic fishing rod.

  • Pole (noun)

    A long sports implement used for pole-vaulting; now made of glassfiber or carbon fiber, formerly also metal, bamboo and wood have been used.

  • Pole (noun)

    A telescope used to identify birds, aeroplanes or wildlife.

  • Pole (noun)

    A unit of length, equal to a perch (¼ chain or 5½ yards).

  • Pole (noun)

    Pole position.

  • Pole (noun)

    A gun.

  • Pole (noun)

    Either of the two points on the earth's surface around which it rotates; also, similar points on any other rotating object.

  • Pole (noun)

    A point of magnetic focus, especially each of the two opposing such points of a magnet (designated north and south).

  • Pole (noun)

    A fixed point relative to other points or lines.

  • Pole (noun)

    A contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves.

  • Pole (noun)

    For a meromorphic function f(z), any point a for which f(z) \rightarrow \infty as z \rightarrow a.

    "ux|en|The function f(z) = \frac{1}{z-3} has a single pole at z = 3."

  • Pole (noun)

    The firmament; the sky.

  • Pole (noun)

    Either of the states that characterize a bipolar disorder.

  • Pole (verb)

    To propel by pushing with poles, to push with a pole.

    "Huck Finn poled that raft southward down the Mississippi because going northward against the current was too much work."

  • Pole (verb)

    To identify something quite precisely using a telescope.

    "He poled off the serial of the Gulfstream to confirm its identity."

  • Pole (verb)

    To furnish with poles for support.

    "to pole beans or hops"

  • Pole (verb)

    To convey on poles.

    "to pole hay into a barn"

  • Pole (verb)

    To stir, as molten glass, with a pole.

  • Pole (verb)

    To induce piezoelectricity in (a substance) by aligning the dipoles.

  • Post (noun)

    A long dowel or plank protruding from the ground; a fencepost; a lightpost.

  • Post (noun)

    A stud; a two-by-four.

  • Post (noun)

    A pole in a battery.

  • Post (noun)

    A long, narrow piece inserted into a root canal to provide retention for a crown.

  • Post (noun)

    A prolonged final melody note, among moving harmony notes.

  • Post (noun)

    A printing paper size measuring 19.25 inches x 15.5 inches.

  • Post (noun)

    A goalpost.

  • Post (noun)

    The doorpost of a victualler's shop or inn, on which were chalked the scores of customers; hence, a score; a debt.

  • Post (noun)

    Each of a series of men stationed at specific places along a postroad, with responsibility for relaying letters and dispatches of the monarch (and later others) along the route. 16th-17th c.

  • Post (noun)

    A station, or one of a series of stations, established for the refreshment and accommodation of travellers on some recognized route.

    "a stage or railway post"

  • Post (noun)

    A military base; the place at which a soldier or a body of troops is stationed; also, the troops at such a station.

  • Post (noun)

    Someone who travels express along a set route carrying letters and dispatches; a courier. from 16th c.

  • Post (noun)

    An organisation for delivering letters, parcels etc., or the service provided by such an organisation. from 17th c.

    "sent via post; parcel post"

  • Post (noun)

    A single delivery of letters; the letters or deliveries that make up a single batch delivered to one person or one address. from 17th c.

  • Post (noun)

    A message posted in an electronic or Internet forum. from 20th c.

  • Post (noun)

    A location on a basketball court near the basket.

  • Post (noun)

    A moderate to deep passing route in which a receiver runs 10-20 yards from the line of scrimmage straight down the field, then cuts toward the middle of the field (towards the facing goalposts) at a 45-degree angle.

    "Two of the receivers ran post patterns."

  • Post (noun)

    Haste or speed, like that of a messenger or mail carrier.

  • Post (noun)

    One who has charge of a station, especially a postal station.

  • Post (noun)

    An assigned station; a guard post.

  • Post (noun)

    An appointed position in an organization, job.

  • Post (noun)

    Post-production.

  • Post (verb)

    To hang (a notice) in a conspicuous manner for general review.

    "Post no bills."

  • Post (verb)

    To hold up to public blame or reproach; to advertise opprobriously; to denounce by public proclamation.

    "to post someone for cowardice"

  • Post (verb)

    To carry (an account) from the journal to the ledger.

  • Post (verb)

    To inform; to give the news to; to make acquainted with the details of a subject; often with up.

  • Post (verb)

    To pay (a blind).

    "Since Jim was new to the game, he had to post $4 in order to receive a hand."

  • Post (verb)

    To put content online, usually through a publicly accessible mean, such as a video channel, gallery, message board, blog etc.

  • Post (verb)

    To travel with relays of horses; to travel by post horses, originally as a courier. from 16th c.

  • Post (verb)

    To travel quickly; to hurry. from 16th c.

  • Post (verb)

    To send (an item of mail etc.) through the postal service. from 19th c.

    "Mail items posted before 7.00pm within the Central Business District and before 5.00pm outside the Central Business District will be delivered the next working day."

  • Post (verb)

    To rise and sink in the saddle, in accordance with the motion of the horse, especially in trotting. from 19th c.

  • Post (verb)

    To publish (a message) to a newsgroup, forum, blog, etc. from 20th c.

    "I couldn't figure it out, so I posted a question on the mailing list."

  • Post (verb)

    To enter (a name) on a list, as for service, promotion, etc.

  • Post (verb)

    To assign to a station; to set; to place.

    "Post a sentinel in front of the door."

  • Post (adverb)

    With the post, on post-horses; express, with speed, quickly

  • Post (adverb)

    Sent via the postal service.

  • Post (preposition)

    After; especially after a significant event that has long-term ramifications.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Post (noun)

    a long, sturdy piece of timber or metal set upright in the ground and used as a support or marker

    "follow the blue posts until the track meets a road"

  • Post (noun)

    a goalpost

    "Robertson, at the near post, headed wide"

  • Post (noun)

    a starting post or winning post.

  • Post (noun)

    a piece of writing, image, or other item of content published online, typically on a blog or social media website or application

    "in a recent post, he cautioned investors to be wary of these predictions"

  • Post (noun)

    the official service or system that delivers letters and parcels

    "the tickets are in the post"

    "winners will be notified by post"

  • Post (noun)

    letters and parcels delivered

    "she was opening her post"

  • Post (noun)

    a single collection or delivery of mail

    "entries must be received no later than first post on 14 June"

  • Post (noun)

    used in names of newspapers

    "the Washington Post"

  • Post (noun)

    each of a series of couriers who carried mail on horseback between fixed stages.

  • Post (noun)

    a person or vehicle that carries mail.

  • Post (noun)

    a position of paid employment; a job

    "he resigned from the post of Foreign Minister"

    "a teaching post"

  • Post (noun)

    a place where someone is on duty or where a particular activity is carried out

    "a customs post"

    "a shift worker asleep at his post"

  • Post (noun)

    a place where a soldier or police officer is stationed or which they patrol

    "he gave the men orders not to leave their posts"

  • Post (noun)

    a force stationed at a permanent position or camp; a garrison.

  • Post (noun)

    a local group in an organization of military veterans.

  • Post (noun)

    the status or rank of full-grade captain in the Royal Navy

    "Captain Miller was made post in 1796"

  • Post (verb)

    display (a notice) in a public place

    "a curt notice had been posted on the door"

  • Post (verb)

    put notices on or in

    "we have posted all the bars"

  • Post (verb)

    announce or publish (something, especially a financial result)

    "the company posted a £460,000 loss"

  • Post (verb)

    publish the name of (a member of the armed forces) as missing or dead

    "a whole troop had been posted missing"

  • Post (verb)

    publish (a piece of writing, image, or other item of content) online, typically on a blog or social media website or application

    "the list was promptly posted all over the Internet"

    "I'll post an article next week revealing the results of the poll"

    "she posted a photo of herself with the singer on Twitter"

    "the company posted the news on its blog yesterday"

  • Post (verb)

    (of a player or team) achieve or record (a particular score or result)

    "Smith and Lamb posted a century partnership"

  • Post (verb)

    send (a letter or parcel) via the postal system

    "post off your order form today"

    "I've just been to post a letter"

  • Post (verb)

    (in bookkeeping) enter (an item) in a ledger

    "post the transaction in the second column"

    "initial records kept in day books are periodically posted to accounts"

  • Post (verb)

    complete (a ledger) by entering items.

  • Post (verb)

    travel with relays of horses

    "we posted in an open carriage"

  • Post (verb)

    travel with haste; hurry

    "he comes posting up the street"

  • Post (verb)

    send (someone) to a place to take up an appointment

    "he was posted to Washington as military attaché"

  • Post (verb)

    station (someone, especially a soldier or police officer) in a particular place

    "a guard was posted at the entrance"

  • Post (adverb)

    with haste

    "come now, come post"

  • Post (preposition)

    subsequent to; after

    "American poetry post the 1950s hasn't had the same impact"

Webster Dictionary

  • Pole (noun)

    A native or inhabitant of Poland; a Polander.

  • Pole (noun)

    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 carriage pole, a wooden bar extending from the front axle of a carriage between the wheel horses, by which the carriage is guided and held back. (b) A flag pole, a pole on which a flag is supported. (c) A Maypole. See Maypole. (d) A barber's pole, a pole painted in stripes, used as a sign by barbers and hairdressers. (e) A pole on which climbing beans, hops, or other vines, are trained.

  • Pole (noun)

    A measuring stick; also, a measure of length equal to 5 yards, or a square measure equal to 30 square yards; a rod; a perch.

  • Pole (noun)

    Either extremity of an axis of a sphere; especially, one of the extremities of the earth's axis; as, the north pole.

  • Pole (noun)

    A point upon the surface of a sphere equally distant from every part of the circumference of a great circle; or the point in which a diameter of the sphere perpendicular to the plane of such circle meets the surface. Such a point is called the pole of that circle; as, the pole of the horizon; the pole of the ecliptic; the pole of a given meridian.

  • Pole (noun)

    One of the opposite or contrasted parts or directions in which a polar force is manifested; a point of maximum intensity of a force which has two such points, or which has polarity; as, the poles of a magnet; the north pole of a needle.

  • Pole (noun)

    The firmament; the sky.

  • Pole (noun)

    See Polarity, and Polar, n.

  • Pole

    To furnish with poles for support; as, to pole beans or hops.

  • Pole

    To convey on poles; as, to pole hay into a barn.

  • Pole

    To impel by a pole or poles, as a boat.

  • Pole

    To stir, as molten glass, with a pole.

  • Post (adjective)

    Hired to do what is wrong; suborned.

  • Post (noun)

    A piece of timber, metal, or other solid substance, fixed, or to be fixed, firmly in an upright position, especially when intended as a stay or support to something else; a pillar; as, a hitching post; a fence post; the posts of a house.

  • Post (noun)

    The doorpost of a victualer's shop or inn, on which were chalked the scores of customers; hence, a score; a debt.

  • Post (noun)

    The place at which anything is stopped, placed, or fixed; a station.

  • Post (noun)

    A messenger who goes from station; an express; especially, one who is employed by the government to carry letters and parcels regularly from one place to another; a letter carrier; a postman.

  • Post (noun)

    An established conveyance for letters from one place or station to another; especially, the governmental system in any country for carrying and distributing letters and parcels; the post office; the mail; hence, the carriage by which the mail is transported.

  • Post (noun)

    Haste or speed, like that of a messenger or mail carrier.

  • Post (noun)

    One who has charge of a station, especially of a postal station.

  • Post (noun)

    A station, office, or position of service, trust, or emolument; as, the post of duty; the post of danger.

  • Post (noun)

    A size of printing and writing paper. See the Table under Paper.

  • Post

    To attach to a post, a wall, or other usual place of affixing public notices; to placard; as, to post a notice; to post playbills.

  • Post

    To hold up to public blame or reproach; to advertise opprobriously; to denounce by public proclamation; as, to post one for cowardice.

  • Post

    To enter (a name) on a list, as for service, promotion, or the like.

  • Post

    To assign to a station; to set; to place; as, to post a sentinel.

  • Post

    To carry, as an account, from the journal to the ledger; as, to post an account; to transfer, as accounts, to the ledger.

  • Post

    To place in the care of the post; to mail; as, to post a letter.

  • Post

    To inform; to give the news to; to make (one) acquainted with the details of a subject; - often with up.

  • Post (verb)

    To travel with post horses; figuratively, to travel in haste.

  • Post (verb)

    To rise and sink in the saddle, in accordance with the motion of the horse, esp. in trotting.

  • Post (adverb)

    With post horses; hence, in haste; as, to travel post.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Pole (noun)

    a long (usually round) rod of wood or metal or plastic

  • Pole (noun)

    a native or inhabitant of Poland

  • Pole (noun)

    one of two divergent or mutually exclusive opinions;

    "they are at opposite poles"

    "they are poles apart"

  • Pole (noun)

    a linear measure of 16.5 feet

  • Pole (noun)

    a square rod of land

  • Pole (noun)

    one of two points of intersection of the Earth's axis and the celestial sphere

  • Pole (noun)

    one of two antipodal points where the Earth's axis of rotation intersects the Earth's surface

  • Pole (noun)

    a contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves

  • Pole (noun)

    a long fiberglass sports implement used for pole vaulting

  • Pole (noun)

    one of the two ends of a magnet where the magnetism seems to be concentrated

  • Pole (verb)

    propel with a pole;

    "pole barges on the river"

    "We went punting in Cambridge"

  • Pole (verb)

    support on poles;

    "pole climbing plants like beans"

  • Pole (verb)

    deoxidize molten metals by stirring them with a wooden pole

  • Post (noun)

    the position where someone (as a guard or sentry) stands or is assigned to stand;

    "a soldier manned the entrance post"

    "a sentry station"

  • Post (noun)

    military installation at which a body of troops is stationed;

    "this military post provides an important source of income for the town nearby"

    "there is an officer's club on the post"

  • Post (noun)

    a job in an organization;

    "he occupied a post in the treasury"

  • Post (noun)

    an upright consisting of a piece of timber or metal fixed firmly in an upright position;

    "he set a row of posts in the ground and strung barbwire between them"

  • Post (noun)

    United States aviator who in 1933 made the first solo flight around the world (1899-1935)

  • Post (noun)

    United States female author who wrote a book and a syndicated newspaper column on etiquette (1872-1960)

  • Post (noun)

    United States manufacturer of breakfast cereals and Postum (1854-1914)

  • Post (noun)

    any particular collection of letters or packages that is delivered;

    "your mail is on the table"

    "is there any post for me?"

    "she was opening her post"

  • Post (noun)

    a pole or stake set up to mark something (as the start or end of a race track);

    "a pair of posts marked the goal"

    "the corner of the lot was indicated by a stake"

  • Post (noun)

    the system whereby messages are transmitted via the post office;

    "the mail handles billions of items every day"

    "he works for the United States mail service"

    "in England they call mail `the post'"

  • Post (noun)

    the delivery and collection of letters and packages;

    "it came by the first post"

    "if you hurry you'll catch the post"

  • Post (verb)

    affix in a public place or for public notice;

    "post a warning"

  • Post (verb)

    publicize with, or as if with, a poster;

    "I'll post the news on the bulletin board"

  • Post (verb)

    assign to a post; put into a post;

    "The newspaper posted him in Timbuktu"

  • Post (verb)

    assign to a station

  • Post (verb)

    display, as of records in sports games

  • Post (verb)

    enter on a public list

  • Post (verb)

    transfer (entries) from one account book to another

  • Post (verb)

    ride Western style and bob up and down in the saddle in in rhythm with a horse's trotting gait

  • Post (verb)

    mark with a stake;

    "stake out the path"

  • Post (verb)

    put up;

    "post a sign"

    "post a warning at the dump"

  • Post (verb)

    cause to be directed or transmitted to another place;

    "send me your latest results"

    "I'll mail you the paper when it's written"

  • Post (verb)

    mark or expose as infamous;

    "She was branded a loose woman"

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