verb (used with object), po·lar·ized, po·lar·iz·ing.
verb (used without object), po·lar·ized, po·lar·iz·ing.
- polarization charge,
- polarized light,
- polarizing angle,
- polarizing filter
Origin of polarize
Examples from the Web for polarise
It may be said to polarise the idea, so often presented in his poetry, that doubt is a condition of the vitality of faith.The Browning Cyclopdia|Edward Berdoe
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.