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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bolenoun

    a soft oily clay used as a pigment (especially a reddish brown pigment)

  2. trunk, tree trunk, bolenoun

    the main stem of a tree; usually covered with bark; the bole is usually the part that is commercially useful for lumber

  3. Bole, Bolancinoun

    a Chadic language spoken in northern Nigeria and closely related to Hausa


  1. bolenoun

    The trunk or stem of a tree.

  2. Etymology: From bolr, akin to Danish bul and German Bohle. See also bulwark.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BOLEnoun

    All fell upon the high-hair’d oaks, and down their curled brows
    Fell bustling to the earth; and up went all the boles and boughs. George Chapman, Iliads.

    But when the smoother bole from knots is free,
    We make a deep incision in the tree. John Dryden, Virgil, Georg.

    View well this tree, the queen of all the grove;
    How vast her bole, how wide her arms are spread;
    How high above the rest she shoots her head! Dryden.

    Bole Armeniack is an astringent earth, which takes its name from Armenia, the country from which we have it. John Woodward.

    Of good barley put eight boles, that is, about six English quarters, in a stone trough. John Mortimer.


  1. bole

    A bole refers to the trunk of a tree. It is the main wooden stem or axis that supports the branches and is usually covered by bark.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bolenoun

    the trunk or stem of a tree, or that which is like it

  2. Bolenoun

    an aperture, with a wooden shutter, in the wall of a house, for giving, occasionally, air or light; also, a small closet

  3. Bolenoun

    a measure. See Boll, n., 2

  4. Bolenoun

    any one of several varieties of friable earthy clay, usually colored more or less strongly red by oxide of iron, and used to color and adulterate various substances. It was formerly used in medicine. It is composed essentially of hydrous silicates of alumina, or more rarely of magnesia. See Clay, and Terra alba

  5. Bolenoun

    a bolus; a dose


  1. Bole

    Bole is a small town and is the capital of Bole, a district in the Northern Region of Ghana. It is connected by road to the town of Sawla and the village of Bamboi, and Bouna, Côte d'Ivoire. Bole is host to a number of refugees from the civil war in neighboring Côte d'Ivoire. Bole is home to the Bole District Hospital and post office. The current president of Ghana John Dramani Mahama is from this town.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bole

    bōl, n. the round stem or body of a tree. [Scand. bolr; Ger. bohle, a plank.]

  2. Bole

    bōl, n. an earthy mineral resembling clay in structure, and consisting essentially of silica, alumina, red oxide of iron, and water; the bole of Lemnos, Lemnian Earth, is red in colour, and was once used as a tonic and astringent medicine. [Gr. bōlos, a clod.]

  3. Bole

    bōl, n. a recess in a wall: an opening to admit light and air. [Scot.; origin unknown.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bole

    A small boat.

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  1. BOLE

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BOLE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bole is ranked #24222 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bole surname appeared 1,036 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Bole.

    90.4% or 937 total occurrences were White.
    3.3% or 35 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.5% or 26 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 18 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bole in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bole in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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