polarity

noun
po·lar·i·ty | \ pō-ˈler-ə-tē , 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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Blow the polarities right out of the water and return to the original spark that ignited your life force in the first place. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes July 2-8," 29 June 2018 Washington — who is from Los Angeles, and has worked with artists like Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus — has altered some of the geographical polarities in the jazz world, upping the mass and gravity of the West Coast in the popular imagination. John Adamian, courant.com, "From Sam Hunt And Reba To U2 And King X: A Week Of Big-Name Concerts," 23 June 2018 In this case, Tibbits and team used magnets of varying polarity, so that only the parts that are meant to connect are strongly attracted to each other. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Self-Assembling Phones Just Need a Little Time in the Dryer," 22 Aug. 2016 But here, the polarity is reversed, the politics all warped. Sam Schube, GQ, "Magazine," 16 June 2018 That polarity informs the theme of limited time, which Ito emphasizes in his work, using recurring candles and hourglasses. Sonaiya Kelley, latimes.com, "When artist Greg Ito collaborates with 'Top Chef's' Richard Blais, you get ArtxFood," 30 May 2018 But for all that happened in the first nine months of 1968, the Mexico City Games took the sports year to another level of triumph and polarity. Jerry Brewer, chicagotribune.com, "In a time of chaos, 1968 was a breakout year for black athletes," 28 May 2018 Gemini is intrigued by polarities, so a Gemini lover may be inclined to seek the opposite of what's offered in their relationship. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "How Each Zodiac Sign Is Most Likely to Cheat in a Relationship," 30 Apr. 2018 Some are old-fashioned fun, like The Ballad of Lefty Brown, and some, like Hostiles, are stark reminders of frontier hatreds that revisit the bloody polarity of Indian-fighters pitted against Native Americans. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "The western rides back from the sunset in 'The Rider,' one of the best films of the year," 19 Apr. 2018

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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

: 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- \
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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