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polar

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adjective po·lar \ˈpō-lər\

Definition of polar

  1. 1 a :  of or relating to a geographic pole or the region around it b :  coming from or having the characteristics of such a region c (1) :  passing over a celestial body's north and south poles <a satellite in a polar orbit> (2) :  traveling in a polar orbit <a polar satellite>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to one or more poles (as of a magnet)

  3. 3 :  serving as a guide <a polar principle> <a polar theory>

  4. 4 :  diametrically opposite <polar positions on the issue>

  5. 5 :  exhibiting polarity; especially :  having a dipole or characterized by molecules having dipoles <a polar solvent>

  6. 6 :  resembling a pole or axis around which all else revolves :  pivotal <polar events>

  7. 7 :  of, relating to, or expressed in polar coordinates <polar equations>; also :  of or relating to a polar coordinate system

Examples of polar in a sentence

  1. They took polar positions on the issue.

  2. She and I are good friends even though we're polar opposites.

Origin and Etymology of polar

New Latin polaris, from Latin polus pole


First Known Use: 1551


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noun po·lar

Definition of polar

  1. :  a straight line related to a point; specifically :  the straight line joining the points of contact of the tangents from a point exterior to a conic section

1848

First Known Use of polar

1848


POLAR Defined for English Language Learners

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polar

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adjective po·lar \ˈpō-lər\

Definition of polar for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to the North or South Pole or the region around it

  • : completely different or opposite

  • : relating to one or both of the poles of a magnet


POLAR Defined for Kids

polar

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adjective po·lar \ˈpō-lər\

Definition of polar for Students

  1. 1 :  of or relating to the north pole or south pole or nearby regions <polar ice caps>

  2. 2 :  coming from or being like a polar region <polar cold>

  3. 3 :  of or relating to a pole of a magnet


Medical Dictionary

polar

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adjective po·lar \ˈpō-lər\

Medical Definition of polar

  1. 1:  of or relating to one or more poles (as of a spherical body)

  2. 2:  exhibiting polarity; especially :  having a dipole or characterized by molecules having dipoles <a polar solvent>

  3. 3:  being at opposite ends of a spectrum of symptoms or manifestations <polar types of leprosy>



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