What does Polarization mean?

Definitions for Polarizationˌpoʊ lər əˈzeɪ ʃən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. polarization, polarisation(noun)

    the phenomenon in which waves of light or other radiation are restricted in direction of vibration

  2. polarization, polarisation(noun)

    the condition of having or giving polarity


  1. polarization(Noun)

    the production, or the condition of polarity

  2. polarization(Noun)

    the production of polarized light; the direction in which the electric field of an electromagnetic wave points

  3. polarization(Noun)

    the separation of positive and negative charges in a nucleus, atom, molecule or system

  4. polarization(Noun)

    the grouping of opinions into two extremes

Webster Dictionary

  1. Polarization(noun)

    the act of polarizing; the state of being polarized, or of having polarity

  2. Polarization(noun)

    a peculiar affection or condition of the rays of light or heat, in consequence of which they exhibit different properties in different directions

  3. Polarization(noun)

    an effect produced upon the plates of a voltaic battery, or the electrodes in an electrolytic cell, by the deposition upon them of the gases liberated by the action of the current. It is chiefly due to the hydrogen, and results in an increase of the resistance, and the setting up of an opposing electro-motive force, both of which tend materially to weaken the current of the battery, or that passing through the cell

  4. Origin: [Cf. F. polarisation.]


  1. Polarization

    Polarization is a property of waves that can oscillate with more than one orientation. Electromagnetic waves, such as light, and gravitational waves exhibit polarization; sound waves in a gas or liquid do not have polarization because the medium vibrates only along the direction in which the waves are travelling. By convention, the polarization of light is described by specifying the orientation of the wave's electric field at a point in space over one period of the oscillation. When light travels in free space, in most cases it propagates as a transverse wave—the polarization is perpendicular to the wave's direction of travel. In this case, the electric field may be oriented in a single direction, or it may rotate as the wave travels. In the latter case, the field may rotate in either direction. The direction in which the field rotates is the wave's chirality or handedness. The polarization of an electromagnetic wave can be more complicated in certain cases. For instance, in a waveguide such as an optical fiber or for radially polarized beams in free space, the fields can have longitudinal as well as transverse components. Such EM waves are either TM or hybrid modes.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Polarization

    (a) The depriving of a voltaic cell of its proper electro-motive force. Polarization may be due to various causes. The solution may become exhausted, as in a Smee battery, when the acid is saturated with zinc and thus a species of polarization follows. But the best definition of polarization restricts it to the development of counter-electro-motive force in the battery by the accumulation of hydrogen on the negative (carbon or copper) plate. To overcome this difficulty many methods are employed. Oxidizing solutions or solids are used, such as solution of chromic acid or powdered manganese dioxide, as in the Bunsen and Leclanché batteries respectively; a roughened surface of platinum black is used, as in the Smee battery; air is blown through the solution to carry off the hydrogen, or the plates themselves are moved about in the solution. (b) Imparting magnetization to a bar of iron or steel, thus making a permanent magnet, is the polarization of the steel of which it is made. Polarization may be permanent, as in steel, or only temporary, as in soft iron. (c) The strain upon a dielectric when it separates two oppositely charged surfaces. The secondary discharge of a Leyden jar, and its alteration in volume testify to the strain put upon it by charging. (d) The alteration of arrangement of the molecules of an electrolyte by a decomposing current. All the molecules are supposed to be arranged with like ends pointing in the same direction, positive ends facing the positively-charged plate and negative ends the negatively-charged one. (e) The production of counter-electro-motive force in a secondary battery, or in any combination capable of acting as the seat of such counter-electro-motive force. (See Battery, Secondary--Battery, Gas.) The same can be found often in organized cellular tissue such as that of muscles, nerves, or of plants. If a current is passed through this in one direction, it often establishes a polarization or potential difference that is susceptible of giving a return current in the opposite direction when the charging battery is replaced by a conductor.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Polarization in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Polarization in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Dennis Ross:

    The polarization is a factor in it, but I also know that I wasn't going to do it for a career.

  2. Lebanon Sigrid Kaag:

    It has contributed to political polarization at a time when Lebanon must make a united effort to safeguard the country from the impact of the Syrian crisis.

  3. Pope Francis:

    Social networks can facilitate relationships and promote the good of society, but they can also lead to further polarization and division between individuals and groups.

  4. Bulent Arinc:

    In the past, when we went onto the street our supporters liked us very much. The opposition...felt respect, now I sense a look of hatred. There is a hardening, a polarization, a division into camps.

  5. Asra Nomani:

    But you know none of that matters to me because I’m getting more responses than in my 30 years in journalism from people who are saying, ‘Thank you,’ because they too are fed up with the polarization.

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