[poh-luh-rahyz] /ˈpoʊ ləˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), polarized, polarizing.
to cause in.
to divide into sharply opposing factions, political groups, etc.:
The controversy has polarized voters into proabortion and antiabortion groups.
to give to.
verb (used without object), polarized, polarizing.
to become polarized.
to acquire or cause to acquire polarity
to acquire or cause to acquire polarization: to polarize light
to cause people to adopt extreme opposing positions: to polarize opinion
1811, in optics, from French polariser, coined by French physicist Étienne-Louis Malus (1775-1812) as a term in optics, from Modern Latin polaris “polar” (see polar). Transferred sense of “to accentuate a division in a group or system” is first recorded 1949 in Arthur Koestler. Related: Polarized; polarizing.
[poh-luh-rahyzd] /ˈpoʊ ləˌraɪzd/ adjective 1. of or relating to a medium that exhibits polarization. 2. (of an electric plug or outlet) designed so that the plug and outlet fit together in only one way. [poh-luh-rahyz] /ˈpoʊ ləˌraɪz/ verb (used with object), polarized, polarizing. 1. to cause in. 2. to divide into sharply opposing factions, political […]
[poh-luh-rahy-zer] /ˈpoʊ ləˌraɪ zər/ noun 1. a person or thing that . 2. Optics. a device, often a crystal or prism, that light. /ˈpəʊləˌraɪzə/ noun 1. a person or a device that causes polarization
noun, Photography. 1. a camera lens filter used to control the plane of polarization of light entering the lens.
noun 1. a microscope that utilizes polarized light to reveal detail in an object, used especially to study crystalline and fibrous structures. polarizing microscope (pō’lə-rī’zĭng) A microscope in which the object viewed is illuminated by polarized light. Since some materials act like polarizing filters, viewing objects with polarized light can reveal such materials when ordinary […]