[ soh-luh-rahyz ]
/ ˈsoʊ ləˌraɪz /

verb (used with object), so·lar·ized, so·lar·iz·ing.

Photography. to reverse (an image) partially, as from negative to positive, by exposure to light during development.
to adapt (a building) to the use of solar energy: We hope to solarize our house within five years.
to affect by sunlight.

verb (used without object), so·lar·ized, so·lar·iz·ing.

Photography. (of material) to become injured by overexposure.
Also especially British, so·lar·ise.

Origin of solarize

First recorded in 1850–55; solar1 + -ize


so·lar·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈsəʊləˌraɪz) /

verb (tr)

to treat by exposure to the sun's rays
photog to reverse some of the tones of (a negative or print) and introduce pronounced outlines of highlights, by exposing it briefly to light after developing and washing, and then redeveloping
to expose (a patient) to the therapeutic effects of solar or ultraviolet light

Derived forms of solarize

solarization or solarisation, noun
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