- of or relating to a medium that exhibits polarization.
- (of an electric plug or outlet) designed so that the plug and outlet fit together in only one way.
Origin of polarized
- to become polarized.
Origin of polarize
Examples from the Web for polarized
This is not because of bad leaders, or polarized politics, but because of a governing structure that is fatally flawed.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
Because they get a little happily ever after that seems to have polarized fans, too.Joan Allen on ‘The Killing’ Finale and That Mother of a Twist
August 7, 2014
At 55, Burke is a political novice, and in a polarized electorate, that might be a winning formula.Meet Mary Burke, the Woman Who Could Beat Scott Walker
May 1, 2014
But the failure is another measure of why this Congress is the most polarized, least productive, and least popular on record.RIP: Obama’s Grand Bargain With the GOP on Entitlements
March 2, 2014
In these polarized times, there are even stricter limits to what any one party can get done on its own.Obama’s Speech Was Missing Shared Goals for America’s Future
January 29, 2014
Not even the Gerns had ever been able to devise a polarized detector screen.Space Prison
It is largely a question of the direction of the polarized flow.
And the moon is polarized with the lumbar ganglion, primarily, in man.
And the moon particularly, because she is polarized dynamically to this, our own earth.
And man is polarized upwards, towards the sun and the day's activity.
- 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 polarized
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.