Definitions for polaritypoʊˈlær ɪ ti, pə-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mutual opposition, polarity(noun)

    a relation between two opposite attributes or tendencies

    "he viewed it as a balanced polarity between good and evil"

  2. polarity, sign(noun)

    having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges)

    "he got the polarity of the battery reversed"; "charges of opposite sign"

Wiktionary

  1. polarity(Noun)

    The separation, alignment or orientation of something into two opposed poles.

  2. polarity(Noun)

    Either of the two extremes of such attributes.

  3. polarity(Noun)

    The dipole-dipole intermolecular forces between the slightly positively-charged end of one molecule to the negative end of another or the same molecule.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Polarity(noun)

    that quality or condition of a body in virtue of which it exhibits opposite, or contrasted, properties or powers, in opposite, or contrasted, parts or directions; or a condition giving rise to a contrast of properties corresponding to a contrast of positions, as, for example, attraction and repulsion in the opposite parts of a magnet, the dissimilar phenomena corresponding to the different sides of a polarized ray of light, etc

  2. Polarity(noun)

    a property of the conic sections by virtue of which a given point determines a corresponding right line and a given right line determines a corresponding point. See Polar, n

  3. Origin: [Cf. F. polarit.]

Freebase

  1. Polarity

    In physics, polarity is an attribute with two possible values. ⁕An electric charge can have either positive or negative polarity. ⁕A voltage or potential difference between two points of an electric circuit has a polarity, describing which of the two points has the higher electric potential. ⁕A magnet has a polarity, in that it has two poles described as "north" and "south" pole. ⁕More generally, the polarity of an electric or magnetic field can be viewed as the sign of the vectors describing the field. ⁕The spin of an entity in quantum mechanics can have a polarity – parallel or anti-parallel to a given direction.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Hemal Trivedi:

    I wanted to make sense of my anger and I realized that Pakistan is a deeply divided country (where) there's a fringe minority that is trying to take over...from the vast majority of Pakistanis, the biggest ideological divide in Pakistan today is in the field of education so I wanted to document that polarity in the education system by following children in madrassas and schools.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    It's amazing that pigeons, lobsters, turtles, and even rats don’t get lost on their way, and unlike humans, they don't need either mapquest or Google Maps or GPS to find their way home. This is because they have built-in GPS within themselves. These animals rely on and leverage Earth’s magnetic field for orientation and navigation. The neural source of magnetic sense in pigeons are now found to be the single cells that encode three key positioning factors: the direction of a magnetic field, its intensity, and its polarity (north or south). It's so amazing. Centuries ago, the pigeons were used in India to send messages across hundreds of miles. By understanding how the pigeons process the computing and mapping in the brain, one day that info can probably be used to imorove the spatial orientation in human brains. And some day in future, we may not need a GPS in the car, because that GPS will be within us, built-in and totally internal to guide us at all times.

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