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.
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.
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.
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.
Is there a kind of multipolar security spiral now taking place in northeast Asia?
After two decades of talk about a "multipolar" world, that world has arrived.
Mr. Schröder defends the "strategic partnership" between Moscow and Berlin, arguing that in this "multipolar" world, Europe must "create close relations with Russia."
Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi on Tuesday defended Beijing's growing influence in Africa, saying China was helping build a "multipolar" world.
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.
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.