Definitions of polarization

  1. the condition of having or giving polarity
  2. the phenomenon in which waves of light or other radiation are restricted in direction of vibration
  3. The act of polarizing; the state of being polarized, or of having polarity.
  4. A peculiar affection or condition of the rays of light or heat, in consequence of which they exhibit different properties in different directions.
  5. An effect produced upon the plates of a voltaic battery, or the electrodes in an electrolytic cell, by the deposition upon them of the gases liberated by the action of the current. It is chiefly due to the hydrogen, and results in an increase of the resistance, and the setting up of an opposing electro- motive force, both of which tend materially to weaken the current of the battery, or that passing through the cell.
  6. 1. In electricity, the coating of the copper plate of an electric cell with a thick layer of hydrogen bubbles, with the result that the action of the battery is weakened or arrested. 2. A change effected in a ray of light passing through certain media, whereby the transverse vibrations occur in one plane only, instead of in all planes as in the ordinary light ray.
  7. ( opt.) A particular modification of rays of light, by the action of certain media or surfaces, so that they cannot be reflected or refracted again in certain directions: state of having polarity.
  8. The act of giving polarity to a body; the state of being polarized. Polarization of light, a change produced upon light under the action of certain media, by which it exhibits the appearance of having polarity, or poles possessing different properties.

Usage examples for polarization

  1. He studied the questions of interference and polarization and determined the approximate velocity of light. – A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II) by Augustus de Morgan
  2. " A perfect left hand man," he smiled, stretching, and turned the polarization dial to let in the sunlight. – The Man Who Staked the Stars by Charles Dye
  3. Chemical composition of the atmosphere, its transparency, its polarization pressure, temperature, humidity, and electric tension. – COSMOS: A Sketch of the Physical Description of the Universe, Vol. 1 by Alexander von Humboldt
  4. In going through the series of forms, made first by the eight blocks, then by those of the Fourth Gift, and afterwards by the larger number of the Fifth and Sixth Gifts, the child comes, by being led perpetually to put down opposites, in order to make symmetry, to learn the value of the law of polarization which obtains alike in thought, and in the created universe. – Guide to the Kindergarten and Intermediate Class and Moral Culture of Infancy. by Elizabeth P. Peabody Mary Mann
  5. All these latter substances turn the plane of polarization – Makers of Modern Medicine by James J. Walsh
  6. Life is a universal unity, as light, heat, electricity and polarization which evolve it, are unities. – The Universe a Vast Electric Organism by George Woodward Warder
  7. Huygens originated the theory by which it is believed that light is produced by the undulatory vibration of the ether; he also discovered polarization – The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost' by Thomas Orchard
  8. The most important and decisive observations that we possess on the nature and the light of comets are due to Arago's polarization experiments. – COSMOS: A Sketch of the Physical Description of the Universe, Vol. 1 by Alexander von Humboldt
  9. For several years Pasteur revolved all the possibilities in Mitscherlich's observations and, finally, came to the conclusion that there perhaps existed in the paratartrates, as prepared by Mitscherlich, two different groups of crystals, the members of one of which turned the plane of polarization to the right, the other to the left. – Makers of Modern Medicine by James J. Walsh
  10. Now according to the Greek philosopheme or 'mythus', in these, or in this identity, there arose a war, schism, or division, that is, a polarization into thesis and antithesis. – Literary Remains, Vol. 2 by Coleridge
  11. Revolution in the fourth dimension would also explain the change in a body from producing a right- handed, to producing a left- handed, polarization of light. – Four-Dimensional Vistas by Claude Fayette Bragdon