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

  • adj. Having or conceiving multiple centers of power or influence: a multipolar world; a multipolar approach to foreign policy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having more than two poles
  • adj. Having multiple centres of political or military influence

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having many poles; in Anat., designating specif. a nerve cell which has several dendrites.
  • adj. Having, or pertaining to, many poles, as a field magnet or armature of a dynamo, or a dynamo having such a field magnet or (sometimes) armature.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having many poles, as a nerve-cell or a dynamo: opposed to unipolar, bipolar. See cut under cell, 5.
  • n. An electromagnetic machine in which several magnetic poles are used or exist. Also called multiple pole.


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  • The 'decade of disorder' perhaps, reflecting the fragmentation of power into what historians of the present call a multipolar world.

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  • Mr. Sarkozy said Monday he would recommend fostering a more "multipolar" currency system, in which the dollar retains a "prominent" role but which lets other currencies emerge.

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  • Mr. Sarkozy believes that fostering a more "multipolar" currency system will also help address the increasing thirst of fast-growing emerging nations for reserve assets, which the dollar alone can't quench.

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  • This tack will be complemented with greater emphasis on joining emerging powers like Brazil, Russia and South Africa for developing a more "multipolar" world order.

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  • Is there a kind of multipolar security spiral now taking place in northeast Asia?

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  • After two decades of talk about a "multipolar" world, that world has arrived.

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  • Mr. Schröder defends the "strategic partnership" between Moscow and Berlin, arguing that in this "multipolar" world, Europe must "create close relations with Russia."

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  • Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi on Tuesday defended Beijing's growing influence in Africa, saying China was helping build a "multipolar" world.

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  • Brazilians have hailed their new working alliance with China in global trade talks as the harbinger of a "multipolar" world, less dominated by the United States.

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  • Chavez's visit was the latest in a series of international stops where he has trumpeted his opposition to Washington's global influence and advanced what he calls a 'multipolar' vision of world affairs.

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