Definitions of polarity

  1. a relation between two opposite attributes or tendencies; " he viewed it as a balanced polarity between good and evil"
  2. 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"
  3. 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.
  4. The quality, possessed by magnets, electromagnets, etc., of having two opposite poles, or centers of attraction, each of which exerts a force opposite to the other, one called positive, the other negative; as, the polarity of the earth; the property possessed by electrified or magnetized bodies, by which they exert directly opposite forces in opposite directions, the positive pole attracting and negative pole repelling.
  5. A property in certain bodies by which they arrange themselves in certain directions, or point, as it were, to given poles.
  6. Tendency to point towards the poles, or in certain directions.
  7. The quality of having opposite poles.
  8. The property of pointing to the poles of the earth, which is peculiar to the magnetic needle; action by, or susceptibility to, polar influences, that is, influences acting like poles, or such as are at once attractive and repellant.
  9. The property possessed by certain bodies of pointing, when freely suspended, towards the poles of the earth, or in certain determinate directions.
  10. The tendency of plants to develop from the poles, roots downwards, stems upwards; the tendency of any ovum to place itself with its axis corresponding to that of the mother.
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