Definition of pole vault in US English:

pole vault

noun

the pole vault
  • 1An athletic event in which competitors attempt to vault over a high bar with the end of an extremely long flexible pole held in the hands and used to give extra spring.

    • ‘I had done only three training sessions in pole vault that season, but when I decided to participate, I was going only for the gold.’
    • ‘Sligo has not had a great tradition in field events so this is a chance for our athletes to show what they can do in events such as the high jump, pole vault and hammer.’
    • ‘It covers pole vault, triple jump, javelin, hammer throw, etc. (besides just running).’
    • ‘The decathlete displayed his full range of skills to win the pole vault, high jump, triple jump, javelin and 110m hurdles, and finish second in the long jump.’
    • ‘Ladwig competed in the triple jump and pole vault in high school as well as diving, football and wrestling.’
    • ‘The 31-year-old claimed the first-ever Olympic gold medal in women's pole vault at the 2000 Games in Sydney.’
    • ‘Yours truly knocked over twenty bottles and woke up next morning able to take Gold in the pole vault and long jump, and then run a marathon.’
    • ‘We're used to the triple jump and pole vault, having watched them for years.’
    • ‘We are very strong here in Sligo on the track, but quite weak in some field events such as pole vault, high jump and hammer.’
    • ‘It's not like learning the pole vault or triple jump.’
    • ‘Sean also demonstrated his competence in the long jump and pole vault, with a win in the former and third place in the latter.’
    • ‘I lost concentration in the pole vault and the javelin and I think that was down to fatigue - I only slept for three hours last night.’
    • ‘He was competing in the pole vault and was late arriving to register for the triple jump and officials would not let him enter.’
    • ‘The decathlon resumes early on Tuesday with the 110 metres hurdles and continues with the discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500 metres.’
    • ‘In the same period Scottish athletes have broken 55, and that figure is significantly boosted by the introduction of two new events, the women's hammer and pole vault.’
    • ‘These were achieved in the 100m, the high jump and the pole vault.’
    • ‘You keep coming upon the phrase, ‘raising the bar,’ but that makes me think of the Olympic high jump or pole vault.’
    • ‘Her twin sister Lindsay, a former heptathlete at Brown University, now competes in pole vault and finished eighth at 2004 Trials.’
    • ‘In the long jump, triple jump and pole vault, horizontal velocity is crucial to performance, so head winds will reduce the size of the jump while tail winds will assist the jumper.’
    • ‘It was granted 70,000 in sports development funding and used it to lay tartan on the long and high jump areas and to purchase state of the art equipment for high jump and pole vault.’
    1. 1.1 A vault performed in the pole vault athletic event.
      • ‘Macey had seen his chances of a medal disappear earlier in the day, thanks to a poor pole vault where he only managed 4.40m.’
      • ‘The 26-year-old from Essex paid the price for a poor pole vault on Tuesday afternoon which moved him out of contention for a medal and he began the final event in fifth place’
      • ‘But you can't beat the rhythmic clapping of fans before a dramatic pole vault or jump attempt.’
      jump, leap, spring, bound, skip, hurdle, clearance, leapfrog
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verb

[no object]
  • Perform a pole vault.

    • ‘But unless the games are held either in America or Utah, we're not going to watch people pole vault.’
    • ‘As he approached them he stuck his sword into the ground to use it to pole-vault over the flames.’
    • ‘Before I pole vault into bed, I'd like to thank all the folks who've written with good thoughts about my mother.’
    • ‘Still dismayed, he pole-vaulted out of his bathtub as there came a knock at the front door.’
    • ‘Another traditional sport popular in Friesland is fierljeppen, pole-vaulting across the canals in the warmer months.’
    • ‘The photos depict women participating in every sport from ping-pong to pole-vaulting, from hunting to hardball.’
    • ‘And while he doesn't exactly pole vault and swing over the towering speaker cabinets anymore, he doesn't stay in one place either.’
    • ‘That is more or less the same case with women's pole-vaulting, too, though in V. S. Surekha's case, a steady climb over the last two seasons, has helped her focus on a berth in the Indian team for the Asian championships this year.’
    • ‘Ryan's of Parkgate Street announced with some fanfare that it had a special Greek menu to celebrate the Olympics, so I pole-vaulted down with my broadcaster friend.’
    • ‘Her recent London feat of five metres, a watershed in women's pole-vaulting, should add a new dimension to the event when it is held in Helsinki.’
    • ‘You have to be a good all round athlete to be able to pole vault.’
    • ‘She learned to hang-glide, to pole-vault, to jump with ease on skateboard and ski.’
    • ‘In the new training area it will be possible to high jump, long jump, pole vault, hurdle and do circuit training, most of which was done outdoors and this was not always possible in the Irish climate.’
    • ‘And in a movie that's a decathlon of bad acting and worse accents, she can out pole-vault, run, shotput and triple-jump the very worst this movie can throw up.’
    jump, jump over, leap, leap over, skip, skip over, leapfrog, leapfrog over, spring over, bound over, sail over, hurdle, clear, pole-vault
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Pronunciation

pole vault

/ˈpoʊl vɔlt//ˈpōl vôlt/