nonpolar

adjective

non·​po·​lar ˌnän-ˈpō-lər How to pronounce nonpolar (audio)
: not polar
especially : consisting of molecules not having a dipole
a nonpolar solvent

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Atacama is the driest nonpolar desert on Earth. Michael Snyder, New York Times, 17 Nov. 2022 Among one of the most breathtaking and adventure-filled destinations in the South American country is the Atacama Desert, the driest and highest nonpolar desert in the world. Rachel King, Fortune, 9 Apr. 2022 The copiapoa cactuses that grow in Chile’s Atacama, Earth’s driest nonpolar desert, are both hardy and delicate. Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2022 Phenylalanine and leucine are both nonpolar and uncharged amino acids. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 These two types of molecules don’t mix as well as two nonpolar or two polar components, so there is a degree of repulsion that increases the volatility. Robert Rapier, Forbes, 4 July 2021 The reason is that ethanol is a polar molecule, while most other gasoline components are nonpolar. Robert Rapier, Forbes, 4 July 2021 This is, after all, the driest nonpolar place on Earth. Mark Johanson, chicagotribune.com, 8 Oct. 2019 This is, after all, the driest nonpolar place on Earth. Mark Johanson, chicagotribune.com, 8 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonpolar was in 1847

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Cite this Entry

“Nonpolar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonpolar. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

nonpolar

adjective

non·​po·​lar -ˈpō-lər How to pronounce nonpolar (audio)
: not polar
especially : consisting of molecules not having a dipole
a nonpolar solvent

Medical Definition

nonpolar

adjective

non·​po·​lar -ˈpō-lər How to pronounce nonpolar (audio)
: not polar
a nonpolar molecule
a nonpolar group
especially : consisting of molecules not having a dipole
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