- to become polarized.
Origin of polarize
Examples from the Web for polarizing
Take one part Kim Kardashian, perhaps our most polarizing superstar, and add oil and champagne.Kim Kardashian Cheekily Breaks the Internet
December 29, 2014
Iggy Azalea herself might not even understand how polarizing and important a figure Iggy Azalea has become.The Cultural Crimes of Iggy Azalea
December 29, 2014
He became as polarizing a figure as the war itself, court jester to Nixon and corporate shill to boot.When Your Comic Hero Is an Alleged Rapist
November 18, 2014
She certainly was the most polarizing personality in late night.
This is to say that Handler is, at the very least, a polarizing personality.
Yes, he had told me it was all accomplished by polarizing the steel and iron of the projectile!Pharaoh's Broker
Polarizing contact-lenses—prescription or optically neutral.Makers
And, "Polarization" is defined by the same authority as: "Act of polarizing; state of having polarity."Practical Psychomancy and Crystal Gazing
William Walker Atkinson
The Page 113 fact that there is no polarizing action within the cell makes it further adaptable to heavy closed-circuit service.Cyclopedia of Telephony & Telegraphy Vol. 1
The Iceland spar has the power of polarizing light and producing great richness and variety of color.Browning's Shorter Poems
- to acquire or cause to acquire polarity
- to acquire or cause to acquire polarizationto polarize light
- to cause people to adopt extreme opposing positionsto polarize opinion
Word Origin and History for polarizing
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.
- To separate or accumulate positive and negative electric charges in two distinct regions. Polarized objects have an electric dipole moment and will undergo torque when placed in an external electric field.
- To magnetize a substance so that it has the properties of a magnetic dipole, such as having a north and south pole.
- To cause the electrical and magnetic fields associated with electromagnetic waves, especially light, to vibrate in a particular direction or path. The transverse electric and magnetic waves always vibrate at right angles to each other, but in ordinary unpolarized light sources, the direction of polarization of each wave is randomly distributed. Light can be polarized by reflection, and by passing through certain materials. See more at polarization.