from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To partially or completely eliminate or counteract the polarization of.
  • transitive v. To demagnetize.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To remove the polarization from something
  • v. To demagnetize

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To deprive of polarity; to reduce to an unpolarized condition.
  • transitive v. To free from polarization, as the negative plate of the voltaic battery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To deprive of polarity; remove the effects of polarity from.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. eliminate the polarization of


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  • MB: You frequently quote the organizer Saul Alinsky about the need for organizers to be "well-integrated schizoids" -- ready to polarize to mobilize and then depolarize to settle.

    Matt Bieber: Marshall Ganz, Obama's 2008 Organizer-in-Chief, On the Moral Urgency of Occupy Wall Street

  • Effects of stimulation of the GABA receptor produces increased conductance of chloride ions intracellularly via the chloride channel thereby shunting electrical currents that would otherwise depolarize the membrane.


  • In 2003 they published a paper with a bold claim: “ChR2 [a variant of channelrhodopsin] may be used to depolarize [that is, excite] animal cells… simply by illumination.”

    World Wide Mind

  • This in turns regulates the ion channels in the cell membrane to allow sodium ions into the cell to depolarize it.

    ACM TechNews

  • AVLON: What the president needs to do tomorrow night is depolarize the debate.

    CNN Transcript Sep 8, 2009

  • But it's up to the president to depolarize this debate by putting forward a bipartisan bill and showing the kind of leadership he campaigned on.

    CNN Transcript Aug 21, 2009

  • He has deep advantage in just a couple of months to depolarize the most contentious, and one of the most contentious issues in this decade.

    CNN Transcript Aug 21, 2009

  • So, he needs to restore his credibility as someone who can be a bridge builder, someone who can lead in a different way and depolarize this debate.

    CNN Transcript Sep 4, 2009

  • AVLON: What the president needs to do is depolarize this debate, re-center this debate, and show that he understands ...

    CNN Transcript Sep 4, 2009

  • In short, it was known that odorants depolarize, and thereby activate, olfactory sensory neurons in the nose.

    Linda B. Buck - Autobiography


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