from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having, acting by means of, or produced by a single magnetic or electric pole.
- adj. Biology Having a single fibrous process. Used of a neuron.
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- adj. Having a single pole
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having, or acting by means of, one pole only.
- adj. Having but one pole or process; -- applied to those ganglionic nerve cells which have but one radiating process; -- opposed to multipolar.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In electricity, pertaining to a unipolar or nonpolar electric machine, that is, a machine in which the armature rotates in a. uniform magnetic field. Unipolar electric generators require high speeds and therefore were not used before the advent of the steam turbine.
- Exhibiting one kind of polarity.
- In biology, having a single pole, as a nerve-cell or a rete: correlated with bipolar, multipolar.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having a single pole
Those were the experiences we have had to live through up until today's world, which we call a unipolar world.
They could not achieve that goal in 2000 when Yasser Arafat was ruling over a unified Palestinian camp, when a relatively moderate political figure was serving as Israel's PM -- and at a time when the U.S. was at the peak of its so-called unipolar moment and Iran, Hizbollah and Hamas were having great difficulties in trying to exert their influence.
In the preface to a sweeping defense review released Saturday, Australian Defense Minister Joel Fitzgibbon writes: "The biggest changes to our outlook ... have been the rise of China, the emergence of India and the beginning of the end of the so-called unipolar moment; the almost two-decade-long period in which the pre-eminence of our principal ally, the United States, was without question."
We live today in a more complex reality, which is neither described satisfactorily with the term unipolar nor the term multipolar.
"The so-called unipolar world would like us to accept deprivation," he told cheering crowds in a speech made after lighting the Independence Flame, as he does each year.
Indeed, against the backdrop of the Iraqi fiasco and the Wall Street meltdown which seemed to underscore the erosion in U.S. global military and economic status as the "world's only remaining superpower," foreign policy pundits have proposed that the post-Cold War "unipolar" international system of Pax Americana was being transformed into a multipolar structure.
The equivalent neoconservative rosy scenario was a "unipolar" world of unrivalled American hegemony.
Ironically, the root cause of our present predicament lies in our failure to understand that the end of the Soviet Union pointed not toward a "unipolar" world under American hegemony but toward a plural world of several great powers.
During the Bush years, particularly after the atrocities of 9/11, the influence of this "unipolar" world view over American foreign policy was greatly accelerated.
Without the Soviets we assumed a new "unipolar" world would follow, with ourselves as its hegemonic manager.