non·​po·​lar | \ ˌnän-ˈpō-lər How to pronounce nonpolar (audio) \

Definition of nonpolar

: not polar especially : consisting of molecules not having a dipole a nonpolar solvent

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This is, after all, the driest nonpolar place on Earth. Mark Johanson,, "A landscape like no other: Exploring the surreal southern end of the Atacama Desert," 6 June 2019 Elias and Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve) share the site, which is recognized for having the largest nonpolar ice field and some of the longest glaciers in the world. Andrea Sachs,, "This summer, stop by the 23 U.S. locales that have risen to become UNESCO World Heritage sites," 4 May 2018 The driest nonpolar desert in the world, the Atacama lies between two mountain ranges (the Andres and the Chilean Coastal Range) that prevent nearly any moisture from entering. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "There Is Life That Can Reproduce in the Most Mars-Like Place on Earth," 27 Feb. 2018 Polar water and nonpolar oil will repel, and since most foods (potatoes included) contain significant amounts of water, there is no basis for good contact between oil and raw product. Tarah Knaresboro, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make French Fries Perfectly," 2 Feb. 2015 After mixing, the oil and vinegar quickly separate because oil is nonpolar, while vinegar and water are polar, meaning they are not attracted to each other. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Apple cider vinegar: What the experts say," 31 Aug. 2017

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1847, in the meaning defined above

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non·​po·​lar | \ -ˈpō-lər How to pronounce nonpolar (audio) \

Medical Definition of nonpolar

: not polar a nonpolar molecule a nonpolar group especially : consisting of molecules not having a dipole

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