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polar

adjective po·lar \ ˈpō-lər \
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

Definition of polar

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 :of or relating to one or more poles (as of a magnet)
3 :serving as a guide
  • a polar principle
  • a polar theory
4 :diametrically opposite
  • polar positions on the issue
5 :exhibiting polarity; especially :having a dipole or characterized by molecules having dipoles
  • a polar solvent
6 :resembling a pole or axis around which all else revolves :pivotal
  • polar events
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.

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Origin and Etymology of polar

New Latin polaris, from Latin polus pole


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polar

noun

Definition of polar

: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

Recent Examples of polar from the Web

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First Known Use of polar

1848


POLAR Defined for English Language Learners

polar

adjective

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

adjective po·lar \ ˈpō-lər \

Definition of polar for Students

1 :of or relating to the north pole or south pole or nearby regions
  • polar ice caps
2 :coming from or being like a polar region
  • polar cold
3 :of or relating to a pole of a magnet

Medical Dictionary

polar

adjective po·lar \ ˈpō-lər \

medical Definition of polar

1 :of or relating to one or more poles (as of a spherical body)
2 :exhibiting polarity; especially :having a dipole or characterized by molecules having dipoles
  • a polar solvent
3 :being at opposite ends of a spectrum of symptoms or manifestations
  • polar types of leprosy


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