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

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Civil conversations: Promoting civil conversations,to address polarity and bridge the political divide — a session led by Robb Willer, director of the Polarization and Social Change Lab at Stanford University. SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area political events: SF supervisors candidates, Elizabeth Warren aide," 16 Sep. 2019 Civil conversations: Promoting civil conversations,to address polarity and bridge the political divide — a session led by Robb Willer, director of the Polarization and Social Change Lab at Stanford University. SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area political events: SF supervisors candidates, Elizabeth Warren aide," 16 Sep. 2019 Then, take two short insulated wires and connect them in matching polarity between the two batteries: positive to positive, and negative to negative. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Jumpstart a Dead Tool Battery," 6 July 2019 Her tomorrow-sound comes out of the greater soul tradition, but her singing, with all of its intimacy and discipline, flips the polarity. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "Kelela has a song in her head. Do you hear it, too?," 10 Sep. 2019 Civil conversations: Promoting civil conversations,to address polarity and bridge the political divide — a session led by Robb Willer, director of the Polarization and Social Change Lab at Stanford University. SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area political events: D.A. candidates debate, immigration," 9 Sep. 2019 The magnetic field reverses its polarity every several hundred thousand years, where the magnetic north pole resides at the geographic South Pole. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Earth's roaming magnetic poles create longer periods of instability, study says," 7 Aug. 2019 That system for designating asymmetric cell division is called polarity. Quanta Magazine, "For Embryo’s Cells, Size Can Determine Fate," 12 Aug. 2019 The polarity in stature between the two players makes this a fairly simple decision, with Lukaku clearly overshadowing Dybala in terms of size and physical presence. SI.com, "Paulo Dybala or Romelu Lukaku: Assessing Which Club Would Benefit More From a Potential Swap," 31 July 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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polarity

noun

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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