to cause polarization in.
to divide into sharply opposing factions, political groups, etc.: The controversy has polarized voters into proabortion and antiabortion groups.
to become polarized.
- Also especially British, po·lar·ise .
- po·lar·iz·a·ble [poh-luh-rahy-zuh-buhl], /ˌpoʊ ləˈraɪ zə bəl/, adjective
- po·lar·iz·a·bil·i·ty [poh-luh-rahy-zuh-bil-i-tee], /ˌpoʊ ləˌraɪ zəˈbɪl ɪ ti/, noun
- de·po·lar·ize, verb (used with object), de·po·lar·ized, de·po·lar·iz·ing.
- non·po·lar·iz·a·ble, adjective
- re·po·lar·ize, verb (used with object), re·po·lar·ized, re·po·lar·iz·ing.
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How to use polarize in a sentence
The blocks certainly polarise more quickly than the old form, and it does not appear that they depolarise any more rapidly.Electric Bells and All About Them | S. R. Bottone
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
British Dictionary definitions for polarize
to acquire or cause to acquire polarity
to acquire or cause to acquire polarization: to polarize light
to cause people to adopt extreme opposing positions: to polarize opinion
- polarizable or polarisable, adjective
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Scientific definitions for polarize
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.
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