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Meaning of POLARITY

Pronunciation:  pow'laritee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a relation between two opposite attributes or tendencies; "he viewed it as a balanced polarity between good and evil"
  2. [n]  having an indicated pole (as the distinction between positive and negative electric charges); "he got the polarity of the battery reversed"; "charges of opposite sign"

POLARITY is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: mutual opposition, sign
 See Also: oppositeness, opposition



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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.

Biology Dictionary
  1. In chemistry, this refers to the irregular distribution of electrons in a molecule; polar molecules typically dissolve in water.
  2. In genetics, this refers to the distinction between the 5' and 3' ends of nucleotide sequences.
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