[ poh-luh-rahyz ]
/ ˈpoʊ ləˌraɪz /
verb (used with object), po·lar·ized, po·lar·iz·ing.
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, adjectivepo·lar·iz·a·bil·i·ty, nounde·po·lar·ize, verb (used with object), de·po·lar·ized, de·po·lar·iz·ing.non·po·lar·iz·a·ble, adjective
non·po·lar·iz·ing, adjectivere·po·lar·ize, verb (used with object), re·po·lar·ized, re·po·lar·iz·ing.
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Example sentences from the Web for polarize
Now the latent period may not remain constant, but undergo change under the action of the polarising current.Life Movements in Plants|Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
Using a polarising photometer, he found that only 13 per cent.A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century|Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
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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