- to become polarized.
Origin of polarize
Examples from the Web for polarize
Not the bridge-burning efforts of Butler and her BDS comrades who polarize an already divided Middle East.McGill's Judith Butler Bungle
May 24, 2013
They say rape-y things Rick Ross is hardly the first rapper to polarize with lyrics about rape.11 Ways Rappers Are Just Like Right-Wing Radio Hosts
March 29, 2013
Second, I think it might polarize the country even more than it is now.Would a National Popular Vote Be Better?
November 6, 2012
But if you polarize the political scene, you have to cultivate support on at least one side.A Letter From a French Friend
May 9, 2012
There is nothing to be done but to polarize the needle over again.The Poet at the Breakfast Table
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
These must have plenty of time to rest, as they polarize when the circuit is closed for a long time.Things a Boy Should Know About Electricity
Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
It may be said to polarize the idea, so often presented in his poetry, that doubt is a condition of the vitality of faith.Introduction to Robert Browning
They impose themselves on men apart from reason and have the power to polarize men's thoughts and feelings in one direction.Introduction to the Science of Sociology
Robert E. Park
They are also costly, since they do not last long and cannot be worked too hard unless they polarize.Boys' Book of Model Boats
Raymond Francis Yates
- to acquire or cause to acquire polarity
- to acquire or cause to acquire polarizationto polarize light
- to cause people to adopt extreme opposing positionsto polarize opinion
Word Origin and History for polarize
1811, in optics, from French polariser, coined by French physicist Étienne-Louis Malus (1775-1812) as a term in optics, from Modern Latin polaris "polar" (see polar). Transferred sense of "to accentuate a division in a group or system" is first recorded 1949 in Arthur Koestler. Related: Polarized; polarizing.
- To separate or accumulate positive and negative electric charges in two distinct regions. Polarized objects have an electric dipole moment and will undergo torque when placed in an external electric field.
- To magnetize a substance so that it has the properties of a magnetic dipole, such as having a north and south pole.
- To cause the electrical and magnetic fields associated with electromagnetic waves, especially light, to vibrate in a particular direction or path. The transverse electric and magnetic waves always vibrate at right angles to each other, but in ordinary unpolarized light sources, the direction of polarization of each wave is randomly distributed. Light can be polarized by reflection, and by passing through certain materials. See more at polarization.