• Two polar bears with a seal they have caught
    Two polar bears with a seal they have caught
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n polarization the phenomenon in which waves of light or other radiation are restricted in direction of vibration
    • n polarization the condition of having or giving polarity
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Multi-polar dynamo Multi-polar dynamo
Polar Bear Polar Bear

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Not all polar bears hibernate; only pregnant females polar bears do
    • Polarization (Opt) A peculiar affection or condition of the rays of light or heat, in consequence of which they exhibit different properties in different directions.
    • Polarization (Elec) 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.
    • Polarization The act of polarizing; the state of being polarized, or of having polarity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Polar bears are excellent swimmers. They have been known to swim more than 60 miles without a rest
    • n polarization The state, or the act producing the state, of having, as a ray, different properties on its different sides, so that opposite sides are alike, but the maximum difference is between two sides at right angles to each other. This is the case with polarized light.
    • n polarization Less properly, the acquisition of polarity, in any sense. Also spelled polarisation.
    • n polarization The condition thus produced. Thus, in the electrolysis of water polarization of the electrodes takes place, the one becoming coated with a film of oxygen, the other with a film of hydrogen gas. The phrase is most frequently used to describe the process by which the negative plate in a voltaic cell becomes coated with hydrogen, with the result of giving rise to a reverse electromotive force, and thus of weakening the current. On the methods of preventing this, see cell, 8.
    • n polarization In geometry, the passing to or taking the polar: of two polar figures or formulas either results from the other by polarization.
    • n polarization In biology, the replacement or regeneration of lost parts in the axial or stere-ometrical relations which they exhibited before they were lost. See polarity, 1 .
    • n polarization In electricity, the property of acting differently according as the current, electric or magnetic, is in one direction or the opposite direction.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. polarisation,


In literature:

At last he might hope to ascertain for himself whether his predecessors were correct in their assertions about a polar basin.
"The Field of Ice" by Jules Verne
The dog harness is made usually of polar bear or sealskin.
"The Long Labrador Trail" by Dillon Wallace
New Georgia, being exposed to the direct action of the Antarctic polar current, is freely frequented by marine mammals.
"An Antarctic Mystery" by Jules Verne
From this point onward we shall find the principle of Polarity in universal activity.
"The Creative Process in the Individual" by Thomas Troward
You arrive, if at anything, at some barren polar notion.
"Yeast: A Problem" by Charles Kingsley
Of course there is a precise point on the earth where this polar illumination ceases.
"The Sea Lions" by James Fenimore Cooper
Once in the far north I encountered a polar bear.
"The Worlds Greatest Books" by Arthur Mee, J. A. Hammerton, Eds.
Action of glass and other solid substances on a beam of polarized light.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIV" by John Lord
Strangely enough, this altitude seemed to create a certain dead polarity between him and them.
"The Claim Jumpers" by Stewart Edward White
I was ready to start on my journey when there began such a blizzard as is occasionally described in the literature of Polar exploration.
"With the "Die-Hards" in Siberia" by John Ward
And we feel the same now about the families of Polar voyagers.
"Triumphs of Invention and Discovery in Art and Science" by J. Hamilton Fyfe
A commission of Polar explorers appointed by National authority will end for all times the problem of the rival Polar claims.
"My Attainment of the Pole" by Frederick A. Cook
The Boy Aviators' Polar Dash was a volume full of swift action and enterprise.
"The Boy Aviators' Flight for a Fortune" by Wilbur Lawton
Knowing what I do about the Polar regions, I would rather let my imagination have a little play.
"In the Land of the Great Snow Bear" by Gordon Stables
The wolverine, solitary and morose, slow of movement, and defiant even toward the Polar storm, prowled in all weathers.
"Hoof and Claw" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Did the polar bear leave his field of ice and journey toward the tropics?
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 2 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Lectures" by Robert G. Ingersoll
I am going to Greenland, and then into the polar regions.
"First at the North Pole" by Edward Stratemeyer
Thus closed another effort to unlock the secrets of the extreme polar region.
"North-Pole Voyages" by Zachariah Atwell Mudge
In this fearful crisis, amid arctic cold and in polar darkness, savage humanity rose to heroic heights.
"True Tales of Arctic Heroism in the New World" by Adolphus W. Greely
In the polar regions a natural temperature of seventy degrees below zero has been observed.
"Curiosities of Heat" by Lyman B. Tefft

In poetry:

The bark by tempest vainly tossed
May founder in the calm,
And he who braved the polar frost
Faint by the isles of balm.
"My Birthday" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I saw him stand, a Polar man,
Cold anger in his frigid eye,
Facing it wild, unruly clan
Who poised their fiery shafts on high.
"The Impervious Iceberg" by C J Dennis
His spears are sharp--they shine like steel;
He hunts the walrus and the seal.
Often, when he has time to spare,
He hunts the white or polar bear.
"Little People: An Alphabet" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland
My queen is wan as the Polar snows.
Her host is a rout of specters.
But I gave her Youth like a burning rose,
And her age shall not lack protectors!
"The Retort Discourteous" by Stephen Vincent Benet
We was wrecked last March, in a Polar storm
—Ah-way O, to me O—
And we asked the old cripple if his feet was warm—
Sing, my bullies, let the bullgine run.
"The Big Black Trawler" by Alfred Noyes
Chasing the flakes that the Polar shakes
From his shaggy coat of white,
Or hunting the trace of the track he makes
And sweeping it from sight,
As he turned to glare from the slippery stair
Of the iceberg's farthest height.
"What The Wind Said" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

The crew of the fishing boat Polar Pesca rescues Ken Barnes from his damaged 44-footer, Privateer.
Polar bear marks first birthday.
Polar Plunge 11 am Saturday White Water Bay 3908 W Reno specialolympicsoklahoma.org.
It seems like America's political parties have never been more polarized.
The Disappearing Center Engaged Citizens, Polarization, and American Democracy Alan I Abramowitz Yale University Press, $35, 194 pp.
Rockford's only professional and pre-professional dance company, Without Shoes presents The Polar Express each December.
How Brown and Polar Bears Split Up, but Continued Coupling .
Heidelberg (Kennesaw, GA) distributes Polar equipment in the United States.
Tim Tebow may have missed out on being selected to the Pro Bowl Tuesday, but the polarizing Denver Broncos quarterback has just received a completely different type of honor.
Redheads tend to be a polarizing bunch here in America.
The Polarizing Politics of Pronunciation .
He new House of Representatives will be much more conservative and much more ideologically polarized than the old House.
Walz, Quist show polarity in debate.
Presidents' Power to Polarize Gives Them a Winning Edge.
Politics most polarized in recollection .

In science:

However, polarization is quite difficult to transmit through a telecommunications fiber, which generally acts as a “polarization scrambler. ” Thus an important part of the Mark 1 Entangled System design is its polarization control.
Current status of the DARPA Quantum Network
The interstellar origin of this polarization was indicated by the correlation of the degree of polarization with reddening and the fact that the direction of polarization is generally parallel to the galactic plane.
Interstellar Grains -- The 75th Anniversary
With the symmetrical polarization curves as shown in Fig.1, such small signal can be determined with much better accuracy than previously reported results, where input polarization were only varied between 0◦ to 90◦ .9,12 The polarization data with full 360◦ scan range also provides another advantage.
Reconsideration of Second Harmonic Generation from neat Air/Water Interface: Broken of Kleinman Symmetry from Dipolar Contribution
The GRB progenitors emit l = m = 2 gravitational waves, which are circularly polarized on the polar axis, while the + polarization dominates on the equatorial plane.
Gamma-Ray Bursts
The polarization properties of the wave are described by the remaining parameters: Q and U describe linear polarization, while V describes circular polarization.
The CMB polarization: status and prospects
For instance, the usual approach to the Faraday rotation of CMB polarization is to assume that the polarization itself is only due to the adiabatic mode while the rotation of the polarization plane is only due to the magnetic field.
Tight coupling expansion and fully inhomogeneous magnetic fields
In particular, we discuss the status of the nucleon spin structure, transverse polarized asymmetries, and recent developments such as DVCS, polarized fragmentation and polarized resummation.
Spin Physics
In particular, we discuss the status of the nucleon spin structure, transverse polarized asymmetries, and recent developments such as DVCS, polarized fragmentation and polarized resummation.
Spin Physics
The gluon polarization obtained by COMPASS from high-pT hadron pairs and open charm production, compared to SMC and HERMES determinations from highpT hadron pairs. of the first moment of all polarized light quark and antiquark densities, as well as of the polarized gluon density, that mixes in the singlet.
Spin Physics
The COMPASS experiment has measured both longitudinal and transverse polarization transfers of Λ and ¯Λ production.26 By averaging over the target polarization, they determine the polarized fragmentation functions, ∆DΛ/q (zh ).
Spin Physics
While optical polarization measurements are necessarily limited to the lowextinction parts of a cloud, so the background stars are still bright enough to have their polarization measured, IR polarization data could in principle sample more opaque regions and therefore provide a deeper view of the inner magnetic field.
Cold Dark Clouds: The Initial Conditions for Star Formation
We design its radius of curvature and center thickness of the lens so as to create the appropriate polarization transformation to approximate the radial polarization. This approach can now increase the efficiency of converting circularly polarized light to radial polarization to more than 90%.
A high fidelity approximation of radial polarization conversion
CMB polarization can be separated into two distinct components: E-mode (grad) polarization and B-mode (curl) polarization.
CMB Temperature Polarization Correlation and Primordial Gravitational Waves II: Wiener Filtering and Tests Based on Monte Carlo Simulations
The pump pulse (linearly-polarized) is resonant with the exciton absorption and the probe pulse has a linear polarization tilted by an angle of 45◦ with respect to the pump polarization.
Exciton Spin Dynamics in Semiconductor Quantum Wells
Just after a σ+ circularly polarized excitation resonant with the XH exciton (PE ≈ 1, hνE = X H ), the strongly polarized emission (PL ≈ 0.9) displays a splitting between the co-polarised emission line I + and the counter polarized one I − .
Exciton Spin Dynamics in Semiconductor Quantum Wells