tending to divide people into sharply opposing factions: Here are some tips to keep polarizing political discourse from disrupting your workplace.
causing polarization of light or similar radiation: If there is glare, you can use a polarizing filter on the camera to reduce or even remove it.
causing magnetic or electric polarity in a body or system: The control system consists of a feedback loop that uses real-time polarizing electric fields as a controlling force.
the act, fact, or practice of dividing people into sharply opposing factions: If rational argument fails, he can always fall back on the techniques of mockery and polarizing.
- Also especially British, po·lar·is·ing .
- non·po·lar·iz·ing, adjective
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How to use polarizing in a sentence
On this flight, it was a Baby Yoda doll, chosen in an attempt to provide a bit of levity during a tumultuous year, rocked by a pandemic, civil unrest and a polarizing election.Astronauts on the space station discuss SpaceX’s rocket, sleeping quarters and Baby Yoda | Christian Davenport | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
Mitch McConnell is not favored to remain Senate majority leader because America is polarized.The crisis isn’t too much polarization. It’s too little democracy. | Ezra Klein | November 12, 2020 | Vox
The pandemic has become such a polarizing topic in the weeks leading up to Election Day that Fauci has received death threats, and his wife and children have been harassed, he said.State and local leaders order new restrictions amid autumn’s coronavirus surge | Joel Achenbach, Karin Brulliard | October 29, 2020 | Washington Post
The reality is that in the modern polarized Senate, both will likely have their party’s — or their president’s — backs when it counts.The surprisingly close Michigan Senate race, explained | Andrew Prokop | October 16, 2020 | Vox
While Facebook has focused on content moderation, others have said that the focus on removing violating posts risks missing how social media algorithms can increasingly promote and polarize people into bubbles of conspiracy theory-focused content.
Take one part Kim Kardashian, perhaps our most polarizing superstar, and add oil and champagne.
Iggy Azalea herself might not even understand how polarizing and important a figure Iggy Azalea has become.
Along with crowds, Cereal Killer has also drawn polarizing responses from the public and the media.
He became as polarizing a figure as the war itself, court jester to Nixon and corporate shill to boot.
She certainly was the most polarizing personality in late night.Chelsea Handler Ends 'Chelsea Lately' With One Last Middle Finger | Kevin Fallon | August 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yes, he had told me it was all accomplished by polarizing the steel and iron of the projectile!Pharaoh's Broker | Ellsworth Douglass
The Iceland spar has the power of polarizing light and producing great richness and variety of color.Browning's Shorter Poems | Robert Browning
It will be subsequently shown how this simple apparatus may be employed to determine the 'polarizing angle' of a liquid.Six Lectures on Light | John Tyndall
This beautiful law is usually thus expressed: The index of refraction of any substance is the tangent of its polarizing angle.Six Lectures on Light | John Tyndall
polarizing contact-lenses—prescription or optically neutral.Makers | Cory Doctorow