Definitions for polaritypoʊˈlær ɪ ti, pə-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
po•lar•i•typoʊˈlær ɪ ti, pə-(n.)(pl.)-ties.
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.
the presence or manifestation of two opposite or contrasting principles or tendencies.
Ling. the positive or negative character of a word or other item in a language.
Category: Grammar, Language/Linguistics
Origin of polarity:
mutual opposition, polarity(noun)
a relation between two opposite attributes or tendencies
"he viewed it as a balanced polarity between good and evil"
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"
The separation, alignment or orientation of something into two opposed poles.
Either of the two extremes of such attributes.
The dipole-dipole intermolecular forces between the slightly positively-charged end of one molecule to the negative end of another or the same molecule.
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
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