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 for positive pole
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Positive \Pos"i*tive\, a. [OE. positif, F. positif, L.
     positivus. See Position.]
     1. Having a real position, existence, or energy; existing in
        fact; real; actual; -- opposed to negative. "Positive
        good." --Bacon.
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     2. Derived from an object by itself; not dependent on
        changing circumstances or relations; absolute; -- opposed
        to relative; as, the idea of beauty is not positive, but
        depends on the different tastes individuals.
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     3. Definitely laid down; explicitly stated; clearly
        expressed; -- opposed to implied; as, a positive
        declaration or promise.
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              Positive words, that he would not bear arms against
              King Edward's son.                    --Bacon.
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     4. Hence: Not admitting of any doubt, condition,
        qualification, or discretion; not dependent on
        circumstances or probabilities; not speculative;
        compelling assent or obedience; peremptory; indisputable;
        decisive; as, positive instructions; positive truth;
        positive proof. "'T is positive 'gainst all exceptions."
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     5. Prescribed by express enactment or institution; settled by
        arbitrary appointment; said of laws.
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              In laws, that which is natural bindeth universally;
              that which is positive, not so.       --Hooker.
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     6. Fully assured; confident; certain; sometimes,
        overconfident; dogmatic; overbearing; -- said of persons.
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              Some positive, persisting fops we know,
              That, if once wrong, will needs be always. --Pope.
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     7. Having the power of direct action or influence; as, a
        positive voice in legislation. --Swift.
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     8. (Photog.) Corresponding with the original in respect to
        the position of lights and shades, instead of having the
        lights and shades reversed; as, a positive picture.
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     9. (Chem.)
        (a) Electro-positive.
        (b) Hence, basic; metallic; not acid; -- opposed to
            negative, and said of metals, bases, and basic
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     10. (Mach. & Mech.)
         (a) Designating, or pertaining to, a motion or device in
             which the movement derived from a driver, or the grip
             or hold of a restraining piece, is communicated
             through an unyielding intermediate piece or pieces;
             as, a claw clutch is a positive clutch, while a
             friction clutch is not.
         (b) Designating, or pertaining to, a device giving a
             to-and-fro motion; as, a positive dobby.
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     11. (Vehicles) Designating a method of steering or turning in
         which the steering wheels move so that they describe
         concentric arcs in making a turn, to insure freedom from
         side slip or harmful resistance.
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     Positive crystals (Opt.), a doubly refracting crystal in
        which the index of refraction for the extraordinary ray is
        greater than for the ordinary ray, and the former is
        refracted nearer to the axis than the latter, as quartz
        and ice; -- opposed to negative crystal, or one in which
        this characteristic is reversed, as Iceland spar,
        tourmaline, etc.
     Positive degree (Gram.), that state of an adjective or
        adverb which denotes simple quality, without comparison or
        relation to increase or diminution; as, wise, noble.
     Positive electricity (Elec), the kind of electricity which
        is developed when glass is rubbed with silk, or which
        appears at that pole of a voltaic battery attached to the
        plate that is not attacked by the exciting liquid; --
        formerly called vitreous electricity; -- opposed to
        negative electricity.
     Positive eyepiece. See under Eyepiece.
     Positive law. See Municipal law, under Law.
     Positive motion (Mach.), motion which is derived from a
        driver through unyielding intermediate pieces, or by
        direct contact, and not through elastic connections, nor
        by means of friction, gravity, etc.; definite motion.
     Positive philosophy. See Positivism.
     Positive pole.
         (a) (Elec.) The pole of a battery or pile which yields
             positive or vitreous electricity; -- opposed to
             negative pole.
         (b) (Magnetism) The north pole. [R.]
     Positive quantity (Alg.), an affirmative quantity, or one
        affected by the sign plus [+].
     Positive rotation (Mech.), left-handed rotation.
     Positive sign (Math.), the sign [+] denoting plus, or more,
        or addition.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  positive pole
      n 1: the terminal of a battery that is connected to the positive
      2: the pole of a magnet that points toward the north when the
         magnet is suspended freely [syn: positive pole, positive
         magnetic pole, north-seeking pole]

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