from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To induce polarization in; impart polarity to.
- transitive v. To cause to concentrate about two conflicting or contrasting positions.
- intransitive v. To acquire polarity.
- intransitive v. To cause polarization of light.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cause to have a polarization.
- v. To cause a group to be divided into extremes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To communicate polarity to.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To develop polarization in, as in a ray of light which is acted upon by certain media and surfaces; give polarity to. See polarization.
- In electricity, to coat with a film of gas, as the negative plate in a voltaic cell. Also spelled polarise.
- In electricity, to fall off in electromotive force, as a voltaic cell, by the liberation of hydrogen at the positive terminal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. become polarized in a conflict or contrasting situation
- v. cause to vibrate in a definite pattern
- v. cause to concentrate about two conflicting or contrasting positions
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