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.
the presence or manifestation of two opposite or contrasting principles or tendencies.
(of words, phrases, or sentences) positive or negative character.
- non·po·lar·i·ty, noun
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How to use polarity in a sentence
It has instruments that analyze the speed and polarity of incoming solar particles.This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through June 25) | Singularity Hub Staff | June 25, 2022 | Singularity Hub
Each wire has a color-coded jack inside the outer layer for polarity identification.
I think there are a lot of interesting polarities in the experience of Haitians and Cubans in how they come to the United States.Why America keeps turning its back on Haitian migrants | Fabiola Cineas | September 24, 2021 | Vox
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.A WWII submarine-hunting device helped prove the theory of plate tectonics | Carolyn Gramling | July 2, 2021 | Science News
The maps revealed a curious zebra-stripe pattern of magnetic polarity on the seafloor, something never seen in continental rocks.A WWII submarine-hunting device helped prove the theory of plate tectonics | Carolyn Gramling | July 2, 2021 | Science News
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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE 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
British Dictionary definitions for polarity
the condition of having poles
the condition of a body or system in which it has opposing physical properties at different points, esp magnetic poles or electric charge
the particular state of a part of a body or system that has polarity: an electrode with positive polarity
the state of having or expressing two directly opposite tendencies, opinions, etc
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Scientific definitions for polarity
The condition of having poles or being aligned with or directed toward poles, especially magnetic or electric poles.
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