[ poh-luh-rahyz ]
/ ˈpoʊ ləˌraɪz /
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verb (used with object), po·lar·ized, po·lar·iz·ing.
to cause polarization in.
to divide into sharply opposing factions, political groups, etc.: The controversy has polarized voters into proabortion and antiabortion groups.
to give polarity to.
verb (used without object), po·lar·ized, po·lar·iz·ing.
to become polarized.
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Also especially British, po·lar·ise .
OTHER WORDS FROM polarize
po·lar·iz·a·ble [poh-luh-rahy-zuh-buhl], /ˌpoʊ ləˈraɪ zə bəl/, adjectivepo·lar·iz·a·bil·i·ty [poh-luh-rahy-zuh-bil-i-tee], /ˌpoʊ ləˌraɪ zəˈbɪl ɪ ti/, nounde·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
He had already magnetized a ray of polarised light, but was still lecturing on the magnetic and diamagnetic properties of matter.
Transparent specimens are useful to the philosopher in experiments on polarised light.
It was to have its elements polarised anew, organised by new forces and in a new rhythm.
In the state of solution they did not turn the plane of polarised light.Louis Pasteur|Ren Vallery-Radot
This action on polarised light is retained in the various compounds and polymers of the two turpentine oils.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection|Alexander Wynter Blyth
British Dictionary definitions for polarize
/ (ˈpəʊləˌraɪz) /
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
Derived forms of polarizepolarizable or polarisable, adjective
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Scientific definitions for polarize
[ pō′lə-rīz′ ]
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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