Definition of Polarize

1. Verb. Cause to vibrate in a definite pattern. "Polarize light waves"

Exact synonyms: Polarise
Category relationships: Natural Philosophy, Physics
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Derivative terms: Polarisation, Polarization

2. Verb. Cause to concentrate about two conflicting or contrasting positions.
Exact synonyms: Polarise
Generic synonyms: Disunite, Divide, Part, Separate
Derivative terms: Polarisation, Polarization

3. Verb. Become polarized in a conflict or contrasting situation.
Exact synonyms: Polarise
Generic synonyms: Divide, Part, Separate
Derivative terms: Polarisation, Polarization

Definition of Polarize

1. v. t. To communicate polarity to.

Definition of Polarize

1. Verb. (transitive US) To cause to have a polarization. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive US) To cause a group to be divided into extremes. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Polarize

1. to give polarity to [v -IZED, -IZING, -IZES]

Medical Definition of Polarize

1. To communicate polarity to. Origin: Cf. F. Polarizer. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Polarize

polarite
polarities
polariton
polaritonic
polaritonics
polaritons
polarity
polarity of translation
polarizabilities
polarizability
polarizable
polarization
polarization colours
polarization microscopy
polarizations
polarize (current term)
polarized
polarized light
polarized light microscope
polarizer
polarizers
polarizes
polarizing
polarizing element
polarizing power
polarly
polarogram
polarograms
polarograph
polarographic

Literary usage of Polarize

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1. A Treatise on Optics by David Brewster (1837)
"The following; table shows the effect which takes place with other metals:— Order in which the Metals polarize most Light in the Plane of Reflexion. Galena. ..."

2. Scientific Memoirs, Being Experimental Contributions to a Knowledge of by John William Draper (1878)
"Attempts to polarize light by an electro-magnet.— Mechanical cause of decompositions by light. WHEN, many years ago, I commenced an experimental examination ..."

3. Journal of Applied Microscopy by Bausch & Lomb Optical Company (1903)
"RP Question: " Why do Some Crystals polarize, and Some Not, eg, Common Salt, etc. ?" A ray of white light is a complex bundle of waves of varying forms and ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1896)
"Thus a wire bird-cage will polarize long electrical waves, but will have no ... Rubens and Dubois made an instrument which would polarize the infra red rays ..."

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