One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or involving a single pole of force, especially magnetic force.
Having, consisting of, or involving the use of, a single pole; (Angling) using a single rudimentary fishing rod.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in J. Alfred Ewing (1855–1935), engineer and cryptographer. From one + pole<br>1930s; earliest use found in ‘Nevil Shute’ (1899–1960), novelist and aeronautical engineer (real name Nevil Shute Norway). From one + pole.
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