from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To induce polarization in or impart polarity to.
  • intransitive verb To design so as to permit light only of a certain polarization.
  • intransitive verb To cause to divide into two conflicting or opposing groups.
  • intransitive verb To acquire polarity.
  • intransitive verb To cause polarization of light or permit light of a certain polarization.
  • intransitive verb To become divided into two conflicting or opposing groups.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In electricity, to fall off in electromotive force, as a voltaic cell, by the liberation of hydrogen at the positive terminal.
  • To develop polarization in, as in a ray of light which is acted upon by certain media and surfaces; give polarity to. See polarization.
  • In electricity, to coat with a film of gas, as the negative plate in a voltaic cell. Also spelled polarise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To communicate polarity to.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive, US To cause to have a polarization.
  • verb transitive, US To cause a group to be divided into extremes.

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

  • verb become polarized in a conflict or contrasting situation
  • verb cause to vibrate in a definite pattern
  • verb cause to concentrate about two conflicting or contrasting positions


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