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Polarity   Listen
noun
Polarity  n.  
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.






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"Polarity" Quotes from Famous Books



... apply with more exactness to the delicate prickly lettuce, our eastern compass plant. Not until 1895 did Professor J. C. Arthur discover that when the garden lettuce is allowed to flower, its stem leaves also exhibit polarity. The great lower leaves of the rosin-weed, which stand nearly vertical, with their faces to the east and west, and their edges to the north and south, have directed many a traveler, not from Acadia only, across the prairie until it has ...
— Wild Flowers, An Aid to Knowledge of Our Wild Flowers and - Their Insect Visitors - - Title: Nature's Garden • Neltje Blanchan

... light appeared in these pools. We think it due to a small cope-pod. I have just found a reference to the same phenomena in Nordenskioeld's 'Vega.' He, and apparently Bellot before him, noted the phenomenon. An interesting instance of bi-polarity. ...
— Scott's Last Expedition Volume I • Captain R. F. Scott



Words linked to "Polarity" :   positivity, negativeness, oppositeness, positiveness, polar, sign, negativity



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