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 oppositionb : an instance of such opposition
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 of polarity from the Web
The world is not facing a clash of civilizations or cultures, but a clash between those who want to build bridges and those who would rather see the world in polarities, who are working hard to spread hatred and divide us.
From time to time during the life of our planet, roughly once every half-million years, a curious thing occurs: its geomagnetic field reverses, such that the North Pole and the South Pole swap polarities.
Yet the polarities of gender exist in one complicated body.
All that was required was to thread the wires through the holes and carefully solder them into place (making sure to get the polarity correct!).
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First Known Use of polarity
POLARITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of polarity for English Language Learners
: 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
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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