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Polarity definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

POLAR'ITY, n. That quality of a body in virtue of which peculiar properties reside in certain points; usually, as in electrified or magnetized bodies, properties of attraction or repulsion, or the power of taking a certain direction. Thus we speak of the polarity of the magnet or magnetic needle, whose pole is not always that of the earth, but a point somewhat easterly or westerly; and the deviation of the needle from a north and south line is called its variation. A mineral is said to possess polarity, when it attracts one pole of a magnetic needle and repels the other.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a relation between two opposite attributes or tendencies; "he viewed it as a balanced polarity between good and evil" [syn: mutual opposition, polarity]
2: having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges); "he got the polarity of the battery reversed"; "charges of opposite sign" [syn: polarity, sign]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural -ties) Date: 1646 1. the quality or condition inherent in a body that exhibits opposite properties or powers in opposite parts or directions or that exhibits contrasted properties or powers in contrasted parts or directions ; the condition of having poles 2. attraction toward a particular object or in a specific direction 3. the particular state either positive or negative with reference to the two poles or to electrification 4. a. diametrical opposition b. an instance of such opposition

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. -ies) 1 the tendency of a lodestone, magnetized bar, etc., to point with its extremities to the magnetic poles of the earth. 2 the condition of having two poles with contrary qualities. 3 the state of having two opposite tendencies, opinions, etc. 4 the electrical condition of a body (positive or negative). 5 a magnetic attraction towards an object or person.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Polarity Po*lar"i*ty, n. [Cf. F. polarit['e].] 1. (Physics) That quality or condition of a body in virtue of which it exhibits opposite, or contrasted, properties or powers, in opposite, or contrasted, parts or directions; or a condition giving rise to a contrast of properties corresponding to a contrast of positions, as, for example, attraction and repulsion in the opposite parts of a magnet, the dissimilar phenomena corresponding to the different sides of a polarized ray of light, etc. 2. (Geom.) A property of the conic sections by virtue of which a given point determines a corresponding right line and a given right line determines a corresponding point. See Polar, n.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(polarities) If there is a polarity between two people or things, they are completely different from each other in some way. (FORMAL) ...the polarities of good and evil... N-VAR

Moby Thesaurus

Janus, N pole, S pole, ambiguity, ambivalence, antagonism, anteposition, antipathy, antithesis, balance, biformity, bifurcation, bilateral symmetry, clashing, collision, conflict, conformity, confrontation, confrontment, congruity, conjugation, consistency, contention, contradiction, contradistinction, contraindication, contraposition, contrariety, contrast, correspondence, counterposition, cross-purposes, dichotomy, disagreement, discrepancy, doubleness, doublethink, doubling, dualism, duality, duplexity, duplication, duplicity, dynamic symmetry, equality, equilibrium, equivocality, eurythmics, eurythmy, evenness, finish, halving, harmony, hostility, inconsistency, inimicalness, irony, keeping, magnetic axis, magnetic pole, multilateral symmetry, negative pole, north pole, opposing, oppositeness, opposition, opposure, oppugnance, oppugnancy, pairing, parallelism, perversity, polar opposition, polarization, pole, posing against, positive pole, proportion, proportionality, regularity, repugnance, shapeliness, showdown, south pole, symmetricalness, symmetry, trilateral symmetry, twinning, two-facedness, twoness, uniformity



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