Definitions for polaritypoʊˈlær ɪ ti, pə-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

po•lar•i•typoʊˈlær ɪ ti, pə-(n.)(pl.)-ties.

  1. Physics. the property or characteristic that produces unequal physical effects at different points in a body or system, as a magnet or storage battery. the positive or negative state in which a body reacts to a magnetic, electric, or other field.

    Category: Physics

  2. the presence or manifestation of two opposite or contrasting principles or tendencies.

  3. Ling. the positive or negative character of a word or other item in a language.

    Category: Grammar, Language/Linguistics

Origin of polarity:

1640–50

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

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.

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