- the property or characteristic that produces unequal physical effects at different points in a body or system, as a magnet or storage battery.
- the positive or negative state in which a body reacts to a magnetic, electric, or other field.
- (of words, phrases, or sentences) positive or negative character.
- polar opposition.
OTHER WORDS FROM polaritynon·po·lar·i·ty, noun
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How to use polarity in a sentence
The maps revealed a curious zebra-stripe pattern of magnetic polarity on the seafloor, something never seen in continental rocks.
In this pattern, bands of rocks with normal polarity — the north-south orientation corresponding to that of Earth’s current magnetic field — alternated with bands of reversed polarity.
Without the tension between good and evil—and without protagonists to embody that moral polarity—a lesser show would go slack.Game of Thrones’ ‘The Lion and the Rose’: Joffrey’s Demented, Shocking Royal Wedding|Andrew Romano|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Our patients were traumatized people with a wide range of disorders like bi-polarity and depression.'Celebrity Rehab' Counselor: Mindy McCready Won't Be the Last|Maer Roshan|February 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In 2000, Hirdt reasoned, Al Gore won the popular vote but lost in the Electoral College, reversing the polarity of the rule.Redskins Rule Election Predictor: Obama’s Going to Lose the Election|Michael Solomon|November 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The polarity of opinion only gets more pronounced when the focus shifts to the meaning of the ending.
In regard to polarity, I do not think it makes any real difference which pole is used in each place.The Treatment of Hay Fever|George Frederick Laidlaw
The body that does not attract iron, or possess polarity, is not magnetic.The Ordinance of Covenanting|John Cunningham
When the electric shock is very strong, it will give polarity to magnetic needles, and sometimes it reverses their poles.
It is, perhaps, impossible to ascertain the epoch when the polarity of the magnet was first known in Europe.
Somehow, the shock of impact had reversed the polarity of the leads to the pads, and they had become repulsion pads.Astounding Stories, April, 1931|Various