What does polar mean?

Definitions for polar
ˈpoʊ lərpo·lar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. polaradjective

    having a pair of equal and opposite charges

  2. diametric, diametrical, opposite, polaradjective

    characterized by opposite extremes; completely opposed

    "in diametric contradiction to his claims"; "diametrical (or opposite) points of view"; "opposite meanings"; "extreme and indefensible polar positions"

  3. polaradjective

    located at or near or coming from the earth's poles

    "polar diameter"; "polar zone"; "a polar air mass"; "Antarctica is the only polar continent"

  4. polaradjective

    of or existing at or near a geographical pole or within the Arctic or Antarctic Circles

    "polar regions"

  5. arctic, frigid, gelid, glacial, icy, polaradjective

    extremely cold

    "an arctic climate"; "a frigid day"; "gelid waters of the North Atlantic"; "glacial winds"; "icy hands"; "polar weather"

  6. pivotal, polaradjective

    being of crucial importance

    "a pivotal event"; "Its pivotal location has also exposed it to periodic invasions"- Henry Kissinger; "the polar events of this study"; "a polar principal"


  1. polaradjective

    of, relating to, measured from, or referred to a geographic pole (the North Pole or South Pole)

  2. polaradjective

    of an orbit that passes over, or near, one of these poles

  3. polaradjective

    having a dipole; ionic

  4. polaradjective

    of a coordinate system, specifying the location of a point in a plane by using a radius and an angle

  5. polaradjective

    Having but two possible answers, yes and no.

  6. Etymology: From polāris

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Polaradjective

    Found near the pole; lying near the pole; issuing from the pole.

    Etymology: polaire, Fr. from pole.

    As when two polar winds, blowing adverse
    Upon the Cronian sea, together drive
    Mountains of ice. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. x.

    I doubt
    If any suffer on the polar coast,
    The rage of Arctos, and eternal frost. Matthew Prior.


  1. polar

    Polar refers to something that is directly opposite or characterized by two contrasting properties. In various domains such as geography, chemistry, and mathematics, it can have different but related meanings: 1. In geography, it pertains to the poles of the Earth or other celestial body. 2. In chemistry, 'polar' refers to a molecule that has a net dipole moment due to the presence of polar bonds. 3. In mathematics, 'polar' relates to a coordinate system that is determined by the distance from a point and the angle from a fixed direction. 4. It can also refer to something characterized by two opposite extremes, like polar opinions or views.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Polaradjective

    of or pertaining to one of the poles of the earth, or of a sphere; situated near, or proceeding from, one of the poles; as, polar regions; polar seas; polar winds

  2. Polaradjective

    of or pertaining to the magnetic pole, or to the point to which the magnetic needle is directed

  3. Polaradjective

    pertaining to, reckoned from, or having a common radiating point; as, polar coordinates

  4. Polarnoun

    the right line drawn through the two points of contact of the two tangents drawn from a given point to a given conic section. The given point is called the pole of the line. If the given point lies within the curve so that the two tangents become imaginary, there is still a real polar line which does not meet the curve, but which possesses other properties of the polar. Thus the focus and directrix are pole and polar. There are also poles and polar curves to curves of higher degree than the second, and poles and polar planes to surfaces of the second degree

  5. Etymology: [Cf. F. polaire. See Pole of the earth.]


  1. Polar

    Polar, or K, is Kjetil Dale Sagstad, a Norwegian electronic music artist. He is originally from Meland in Norway, and grew up with his former musical partner Teebee. Together he started Subtitles Recordings, which Teebee now runs by himself. He currently lives in Bergen. Labels: Certificate 18, Subtitles Recordings, Breakbeat Science, Levitated, Moving Shadow, R&S Records, Beatservice, Rugged Vinyl, Warm Communications, Fenetik, FAT! Records, Metaformal

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Polar

    pō′lar, adj. pertaining to, or situated near, either of the poles: pertaining to the magnetic poles: having a common meeting-point.—n. (geom.) the line joining the points of contact, of tangents drawn to meet a curve from a point called the pole of the line.—ns.pl. Pōlar-co-or′dinates, co-ordinates defining a point by means of a radius vector and the angle which it makes with a fixed line through the origin; Pō′lar-for′ces, forces that act in pairs and in different directions, as in magnetism.—n. Polarim′eter, the polariscope.—adj. Polarī′sable, capable of polarisation.—ns. Polarisā′tion (opt.), a particular modification of rays of light, by the action of certain media or surfaces, so that they cannot be reflected or refracted again in certain directions: state of having polarity; Polar′iscope, an instrument for polarising light, and analysing its properties.—v.t. Pō′larise, to give polarity to.—ns. Pō′lariser, that which polarises or gives polarity to; Polar′ity, state of having two opposite poles: a condition in certain bodies according to which their properties arrange themselves so as to have opposite powers in opposite directions, as in a magnet with its two poles.—Polar bear, a large white bear found in the Arctic regions; Polar circle, a parallel of latitude encircling each of the poles at a distance of 23° 28′ from the pole—the north polar being called the arctic, the south the antarctic, circle; Polar lights, the aurora borealis or australis. [L. polarispolus, a pole.]


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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. POLAR

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Polar is ranked #71042 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Polar surname appeared 275 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Polar.

    33% or 91 total occurrences were White.
    29.8% or 82 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    21% or 58 total occurrences were Black.
    11.2% or 31 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    2.9% or 8 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.8% or 5 total occurrences were Asian.

Anagrams for polar »

  1. parol

  2. proal

  3. poral

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of polar in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of polar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of polar in a Sentence

  1. Myles Allen:

    A problem is that every climate documentary starts with an image of a polar bear, which send the message that climate change happens in the Arctic, on the other side of the world, but these events show that's not true.

  2. Thomas Reese:

    Suddenly, you're not just doing it for the polar bears, you're doing it for God.

  3. Arnaud Czaja:

    The Inuit living in Canada, for example, is a culture based on sea ice, they get their food by hunting seals and polar bears from sea ice, or fishing from sea ice. When the sea ice is disappearing that's not possible, so the whole culture is being lost.

  4. Gary Frantz:

    We learned a lot of lessons from last year’s polar vortex.

  5. Douglas Dockery:

    It's not about the polar bears.

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