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v. po·lar·ized, po·lar·iz·ing, po·lar·iz·es
a. To induce polarization in or impart polarity to.
b. To design so as to permit light only of a certain polarization: Are these sunglasses polarized?
2. To cause to divide into two conflicting or opposing groups: The issue of slavery polarized the nation.
1. To acquire polarity.
2. To cause polarization of light or permit light of a certain polarization.
3. To become divided into two conflicting or opposing groups: The town is polarizing into opposing factions over the issue.

po′lar·iz′a·ble adj.
po′lar·iz′er n.
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The large magnitude of this peak is indicative of the presence of large populations of polarizable ions and is consistent with increases in high temperature conductivity, which were observed for similar samples.
From their point of view the universality of scaling suggests an underlying polarizable structured vacuum of mini white and black holes.
17) The crystals are typically needle-shaped, polarizable, and are visible in the renal tubules and urine of patients with acyclovir-induced crystalline nephropathy.
Due to symmetry and charge neutrality, a polarizable particle in a uniform electric field will experience no net force.
Davis (1991) mentioned that certain zeolites are successfully used for the selective adsorption of polar or polarizable molecules from some petroleum fractions.
Numerous sheet-like refractile and strongly polarizable particles are present within the histiocytes.
Dielectrophoresis is a phenomenon of the movement of particles in a non-uniform electric field [1] with the advantage that it can be used for polarizable particle separations and characterizations.
The steps in electric-field fabrication are mixing a nonconducting fluid and a polarizable filler and applying an alternating electric field across two electrodes immersed in the mixture.
In the case when both the ground state and the excited state of a molecule are nonpolar, a bathochromic shift is generally observed for the corresponding absorption band upon going from a less polarizable solvent to a more polarizable one [14-17].
Although particularly effective in extracting polar or polarizable compounds, the technique is proving useful in recovering valuable components from materials, such as cereals, vegetables, fruit and oil-rich crops.
Transparent, polarizable objects with an index of refraction higher than the surrounding medium, such as these microspheres in buffer, are trapped at the local maximum of the intensity of the laser light, tightly focused by the objective lens.