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 polarising
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
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.