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[non-poh-ler] /nɒnˈpoʊ lər/
adjective, Physical Chemistry
containing no permanently dipolar molecules; lacking a dipole.
Origin of nonpolar
1890-95; non- + polar Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Oil molecules, in contrast, are nonpolar and hydrophobic.
  • The combination of polar and nonpolar ice combined to raise sea levels by more than a millimeter in the last decade.
  • So half and half has a higher proportion of nonpolar molecules and a lower proportion of polar molecules than skim milk does.
  • Many nonpolar liquids can dissolve or soften polystyrene.

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