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verb (used with object), so·lar·ized, so·lar·iz·ing.
  1. Photography. to reverse (an image) partially, as from negative to positive, by exposure to light during development.
  2. to adapt (a building) to the use of solar energy: We hope to solarize our house within five years.
  3. to affect by sunlight.
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verb (used without object), so·lar·ized, so·lar·iz·ing.
  1. Photography. (of material) to become injured by overexposure.
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Also especially British, so·lar·ise.

Origin of solarize

First recorded in 1850–55; solar1 + -ize
Related formsso·lar·i·za·tion, noun
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Historical Examples

  • This will shorten the time in the camera nearly five minutes; but it requires care, as it is apt to solarize.

    Notes and Queries, Number 203, September 17, 1853


British Dictionary definitions for solarize



verb (tr)
  1. to treat by exposure to the sun's rays
  2. 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
  3. to expose (a patient) to the therapeutic effects of solar or ultraviolet light
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Derived Formssolarization or solarisation, noun
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