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  • adj. having north and south magnetic poles
  • adj. ,(chemistry) possessing a dipole

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having two poles, as a magnetic bar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having two poles; differentiated in respect to a pair of opposite directions, but not with respect to the difference between these directions: as, polarized light is dipolar.
  • Pertaining to two poles.

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

  • adj. having equal and opposite electric charges or magnetic poles having opposite signs and separated by a small distance


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  • A similar "dipolar" pattern existed in the 1930s when warm air from the North Atlantic pushed into the Arctic up to the North Latitude of 75 degrees, but today, the heat spreads through the entire Arctic.

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  • We are all familiar with rod-shaped magnets: they are described as 'dipolar', with a north pole and a south pole, and the tendency to attract each other's opposite poles and repel similar poles. - latest science and technology news stories

  • This was the first evidence of an extremely important phenomenon that would later become known as dipolar giant nuclear resonance.

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  • As a non-specialist in both science and philosophy, I found Arthur Peacocke's treatment of time very helpful - he sees God's relation to time as dipolar - God transcends and gives existence to time, but also interacts with created time, and does not know the future, except through probabilities, as it does not yet exist I am paraphrasing - probably poorly - as I do not have the text here with me.

    God and Time

  • According to two separate NASA studies, one conducted by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the other by the Langley Research Center, the oceans now appear to be heading into another natural periodic cooling phase within a typical 55- to 70-year dipolar warm/cool pattern.

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  • "Suppose we start by hypothesizing a multiphasic, dipolar organism and work from there."

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  • The dipolar covalent bonds of CO2 absorb (not 'reflect') infra-red radiation, particularly photons with wavelengths of 10,000-20,000 nm.

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  • At this point, Clayton is in agreement with Process Theology that God and the World interact via their dipolar natures.

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  • It is not Trinitarian in the sense that it seeks to cohere with the traditional creedal formulations about God as triune, but in the sense that, in contrast to the dipolar theology of much process thought, Clayton is persuaded that theology requires a threefold structure.

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  • Margulis thinks they were once independent spirochetes (like a virus of tubulin/actin instead of DNA), which provided useful sensory, molecular transport, signal transduction (the dimers are dipolar state-switchers) and information processing advantages to primitive single-celled life forms.

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