- 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.
Examples from the Web for polarity
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.
Polarity therefore lies in that to which both bear a relation, in the decision, but not in the attack or defence itself.On War|Carl von Clausewitz
"Polarity" Graetz calls the self-contradiction which runs through our history.The Grandchildren of the Ghetto|Israel Zangwill
Its polarity depends on the direction in which the current flows.How it Works|Archibald Williams
(B) With the compass test the polarity of the cores as in Exp.The Study of Elementary Electricity and Magnetism by Experiment|Thomas M. St. John
There was no seeming connection between the direction of the electric discharge and the polarity of the needle.The Story of Great Inventions|Elmer Ellsworth Burns