- 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.
- (of words, phrases, or sentences) positive or negative character.
- polar opposition.
Origin of polarity
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Examples from the Web for polarity
In 2000, Hirdt reasoned, Al Gore won the popular vote but lost in the Electoral College, reversing the polarity of the rule.Redskins Rule Election Predictor: Obama’s Going to Lose the Election
November 5, 2012
The polarity of opinion only gets more pronounced when the focus shifts to the meaning of the ending.Shutter Island: Masterpiece or Dud?
February 25, 2010
But you said the polarity couldn't be that of a magnet; then what?
If so, it was by a reversal of polarity through an act of will.
His polarity had changed: his electricity was no longer negative, but positive.A Summer Evening's Dream
The polarity of magnetism and electricity also appealed to the senses.
But if this be the case, how are we to conceive the physical mechanism of this polarity?
- the condition of having poles
- the condition of a body or system in which it has opposing physical properties at different points, esp magnetic poles or electric charge
- the particular state of a part of a body or system that has polarityan electrode with positive polarity
- the state of having or expressing two directly opposite tendencies, opinions, etc
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Word Origin and History for polarity
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The property of having two opposite poles, such as those possessed by a magnet, or of having opposite properties or characteristics.
- The direction or orientation of positivity relative to negativity.
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- The condition of having poles or being aligned with or directed toward poles, especially magnetic or electric poles.
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