un·​po·​lar·​ized ˌən-ˈpō-lə-ˌrīzd How to pronounce unpolarized (audio)
: not polarized
specifically : having a random pattern of vibrations

Examples of unpolarized in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Of all the glasses tested in this category, the Ultimate Covers with unpolarized, photochromic lenses provided the greatest visible range of light, from dark, clouded forest to glaring snowbanks. Phillip Dwight Morgan, Outside Online, 18 Oct. 2022 While waves of unpolarized light can vibrate in any direction, polarized light only vibrates in one direction. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 16 Feb. 2022 After years of immigration being a relatively unpolarized issue, Trump is, for the first time, calling into being a large constituency for more immigration. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, 5 July 2018 Unpolarized light, such as that produced by lasers and many other light sources, is a mixture of all possible polarization orientations. Ars Technica, WIRED, 14 Feb. 2012

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Word History

First Known Use

1814, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unpolarized was in 1814

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“Unpolarized.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpolarized. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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