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polarity

[poh-lar-i-tee, puh-]
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noun
  1. Physics.
    1. the property or characteristic that produces unequal physical effects at different points in a body or system, as a magnet or storage battery.
    2. the positive or negative state in which a body reacts to a magnetic, electric, or other field.
  2. the presence or manifestation of two opposite or contrasting principles or tendencies.
  3. Linguistics.
    1. (of words, phrases, or sentences) positive or negative character.
    2. polar opposition.
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Origin of polarity

First recorded in 1640–50; polar + -ity
Related formsnon·po·lar·i·ty, noun
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  • He therefore subsequently abandoned it, and maintained the non-polarity of the diamagnetic force.

    Faraday As A Discoverer

    John Tyndall


British Dictionary definitions for non-polarity

polarity

noun plural -ties
  1. the condition of having poles
  2. the condition of a body or system in which it has opposing physical properties at different points, esp magnetic poles or electric charge
  3. the particular state of a part of a body or system that has polarityan electrode with positive polarity
  4. the state of having or expressing two directly opposite tendencies, opinions, etc
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Word Origin and History for non-polarity

polarity

n.

1640s, originally of magnets, from polar + -ity.

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non-polarity in Medicine

polarity

(pō-lărĭ-tē, pə-)
n.
  1. The property of having two opposite poles, such as those possessed by a magnet, or of having opposite properties or characteristics.
  2. The direction or orientation of positivity relative to negativity.
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non-polarity in Science

polarity

[pō-lărĭ-tē]
  1. The condition of having poles or being aligned with or directed toward poles, especially magnetic or electric poles.
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