- a brand of material for producing polarized light from unpolarized light by dichroism, consisting typically of a stretched sheet of colorless plastic treated with an iodine solution so as to have long, thin, parallel chains of polymeric molecules containing conductive iodine atoms. It is used widely in optical and lighting devices to reduce glare.
- Also called Polaroid Camera, Polaroid Land Camera. the first brand of instant camera, developed by Edwin H. Land and marketed since 1948.
- Also called Polaroid print. a print made by such a camera.
Examples from the Web for polaroid
Here, a mother is busy shaking it like a Polaroid picture and fails to notice her toddler wandering into the line of fire.Tiny Hamsters Eat Tiny Burritos, Emma Stone Lip Syncs, and More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
May 3, 2014
For example, Polaroid fell from 86 percent in 2002 to 30 percent in 2014.The Arbitrary Way Companies Are Labeled 'Anti-Gay'
April 12, 2014
Participants will get to keep a Polaroid snapped by the artist.Constitutional Performance Art?
October 5, 2013
All she had in those months between visits was a Polaroid picture of them.How Difficult Russian Adoptions Were, Even Before Vladimir Putin’s Crackdown
December 31, 2012
By now, Band of Outsiders has become known for these Polaroid campaigns, with their retro veneer and warm Californian light.Josh Brolin’s Cowboy Moment
August 30, 2012
The Polaroid concept changed this to a different query: What can it do for me?The Civilization of Illiteracy
The advantage of the Polaroid camera is that the picture can be seen within seconds.The Flying Stingaree
Harold Leland Goodwin
He moved to the round window, screening his eyes from the light, and adjusted the polaroid shade to maximum density.All Day September
The only non-standard feature seemed to be the polaroid glass windows which were provided all around and not only in front.The Brain
Mrs. Ericson adjusted her polaroid glasses and waved her rickshaw boy into his harness, where his thighs tensed for the long haul.The Mating of the Moons
- trademark a type of plastic sheet that can polarize a transmitted beam of normal light because it is composed of long parallel molecules. It only transmits plane-polarized light if these molecules are parallel to the plane of polarization and, since reflected light is partly polarized, it is often used in sunglasses to eliminate glare
- Polaroid Land Camera any of several types of camera yielding a finished print by means of a special developing and processing technique that occurs inside the camera and takes only a few seconds to complete
- (plural) sunglasses with lenses made from Polaroid plastic
- of, relating to, using, or used in a Polaroid Land CameraPolaroid film
Word Origin and History for polaroid
material which in thin sheets produces a high degree of plane polarization of light passing through it, 1936, proprietary name (Sheet Polarizer Co., Union City, N.J.). As a type of camera producing prints rapidly, it is attested from 1961.