- to become polarized.
Origin of polarize
Examples from the Web for depolarize
President Obama has managed to depolarize the debate over Iraq and Afghanistan.Obama Speech Looks Toward 2012
June 23, 2011
Between these two prisms, however, is a solution of chemicals which will depolarize the light and allow it to continue.
If you wanted to get the Pundit to look at his religion fairly, you must first depolarize this and all similar words for him.
The second thing would be to depolarize every fixed religious idea in the mind by changing the word which stands for it.
- to undergo or cause to undergo a loss of polarity or polarization
- 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 depolarize
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.