Polarity


Polarity
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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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