polarity

noun
po·​lar·​i·​ty | \ pō-ˈler-ə-tē How to pronounce polarity (audio) , pə-, -ˈla-rə- \
plural polarities

Definition of polarity

1 : the quality or condition inherent in a body that exhibits opposite properties or powers in opposite parts or directions or that exhibits contrasted properties or powers in contrasted parts or directions : the condition of having poles
2 : attraction toward a particular object or in a specific direction
3 : the particular state either positive or negative with reference to the two poles or to electrification
4a : diametrical opposition
b : an instance of such opposition

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Examples of polarity in a Sentence

the polarity of the candidates' views on the issue means that the voters have a clear choice to make
Recent Examples on the Web That polarity has deeply influenced people’s attitudes toward the pandemic. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "Here’s how Joe Biden’s victory will change coronavirus strategy," 7 Nov. 2020 Irony in politics, meanwhile, has reversed its polarity. Dan Brooks, New York Times, "How President Trump Ruined Political Comedy," 7 Oct. 2020 Short-circuit protection, reverse polarity alarms, spark-proof connections, and overload protection can all be instrumental in keeping you safe. Allen Foster, chicagotribune.com, "The best jump starter of 2020," 6 Oct. 2020 Considering how much polarity there is in the country right now, the words seem to ring true. Dina Cheney, Good Housekeeping, "Talking Politics? Ask Your Partner These Questions to Strengthen Your Relationship," 24 Aug. 2020 Whitewoods and his team propose that the boundary between the two genetic regions of the adaxial and the abaxial creates polarity fields throughout the leaf to direct growth. Maddie Burakoff, Smithsonian Magazine, "Deciphering the Weird, Wonderful Genetic Diversity of Leaf Shapes," 29 Jan. 2020 Most of the wildest, reverse-the-polarities ways that figures like Brown have proposed to forestall catastrophe tread on sensitive spots in the brain: flinch reflexes, squeamishness, areas of dizzying ignorance. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, "What Plant-Based Burgers Can Teach Us About Saving the Planet," 1 Apr. 2020 And both the House accusers and the Trump defense team have sought to answer that question, upon which all depends, by reversing the polarity of their traditional constitutional positions. John Yoo, National Review, "What the Founders Told Us about ‘High Crimes and Misdemeanors’," 24 Jan. 2020 Again, polarity broke down, this time leaving symmetric division as the only option. Quanta Magazine, "For Embryo’s Cells, Size Can Determine Fate," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of polarity

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of polarity was in 1646

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17 Nov 2020

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“Polarity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polarity. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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polarity

noun
How to pronounce polarity (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of polarity

formal : a state in which two ideas, opinions, etc., are completely opposite or very different from each other
physics : the condition of having positive and negative charges and especially magnetic or electrical poles

polarity

noun
po·​lar·​i·​ty | \ pō-ˈlar-ət-ē, pə- How to pronounce polarity (audio) \
plural polarities

Medical Definition of polarity

1 : the quality or condition inherent in a body that exhibits contrasting properties or powers in contrasting parts or directions
2 : attraction toward a particular object or in a specific direction
3 : the particular state either positive or negative with reference to the two poles or to electrification

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