polarity

[poh-lar-i-tee, puh-]
noun
1.
Physics.
a.
the property or characteristic that produces unequal physical effects at different points in a body or system, as a magnet or storage battery.
b.
the positive or negative state in which a body reacts to a magnetic, electric, or other field.
2.
the presence or manifestation of two opposite or contrasting principles or tendencies.
3.
Linguistics.
a.
(of words, phrases, or sentences) positive or negative character.

Origin:
1640–50; polar + -ity

nonpolarity, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To nonpolarity
Collins
World English Dictionary
polarity (pəʊˈlærɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  the condition of having poles
2.  the condition of a body or system in which it has opposing physical properties at different points, esp magnetic poles or electric charge
3.  the particular state of a part of a body or system that has polarity: an electrode with positive polarity
4.  the state of having or expressing two directly opposite tendencies, opinions, etc

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

polarity po·lar·i·ty (pō-lār'ĭ-tē, pə-)
n.

  1. The property of having two opposite poles, such as those possessed by a magnet, or of having opposite properties or characteristics.

  2. The direction or orientation of positivity relative to negativity.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Science Dictionary
polarity   (pō-lār'ĭ-tē)  Pronunciation Key 
The condition of having poles or being aligned with or directed toward poles, especially magnetic or electric poles.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Example sentences for nonpolarity
Due to their nonpolarity, oils do not easily adhere to other substances.
Related Searches
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature