polarize

Definitions:

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  • To induce polarization in or impart polarity to.
  • To design so as to permit light only of a certain polarization.
  • To cause to divide into two conflicting or opposing groups.
  • To acquire polarity.
  • To cause polarization of light or permit light of a certain polarization.
  • To become divided into two conflicting or opposing groups.
  • To develop polarization in, as in a ray of light which is acted upon by certain media and surfaces; give polarity to. See <internalXref urlencoded="polarization">polarization</internalXref>.
  • In <em>electricity</em>, to coat with a film of gas, as the negative plate in a voltaic cell. Also spelled <internalXref urlencoded="polarise">polarise</internalXref>.
  • In <em>electricity</em>, to fall off in electromotive force, as a voltaic cell, by the liberation of hydrogen at the positive terminal.
  • To communicate polarity to.
  • To cause to have a <xref>polarization</xref>.
  • To cause a group to be divided into extremes.
  • become polarized in a conflict or contrasting situation
  • cause to vibrate in a definite pattern
  • cause to concentrate about two conflicting or contrasting positions
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