verb (used with object), po·lar·ized, po·lar·iz·ing.
verb (used without object), po·lar·ized, po·lar·iz·ing.
Origin of polarize
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Historical Examples of polarised
This may be checked by an examination of the lens in polarised light.On Laboratory Arts
The current of electricity is polarised into a positive and a negative current.Reincarnation
In the state of solution they did not turn the plane of polarised light.Louis Pasteur
The word, and consequently the idea it represents, is polarised.The Nervous Child
Hector Charles Cameron
It turns a ray of polarised light to the right, whereas carbolic acid does not affect polarisation.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
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.