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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 polarizable continuum model (PCM) is a commonly used method in computational chemistry to model the effects of solvent.
If a molecule has small frontier orbital gap it will be more polarizable and generally associated with a high chemical reactivity [21], Global hardness shown as (n) can be written using Koopman's theorem indicated as n = IuLUMO - IuHOMO, Gibbs free energy of tetrabromonaphthalene (1) had a high negative value than that of the 1,3dibromonaphthalene (2) and 1,4-dibromonaphthalene (3).
Similarly, the reason can be the existence of more polarizable phenol in the structure [11].
Fungal and acid-fast stains were negative, and no polarizable foreign material was present.
Poly(2,6-dimethyl-l,4-phenylene ether), or PPE, has a highly aromatic structure with a fairly stiff backbone, no hydrolyzable bonds and no polarizable groups.
It is remarkable that they also develop an exactly solvable model for surface SHG consisting of a semi-infinite system made up of a continuous distribution of harmonic polarizable entities, each of which responds nonlinearly to the gradient of the local field prior to the development of SBHM [23].
Guptasarma, "Computation of the time-domain response of a polarizable ground," Geophysics, vol.
Karouby, "Quantum gravitational force between polarizable objects," Physical Review Letters, vol.
The simulated absorption spectrum of PBDTTBT monomer at the TD-DFT/B3LYP 6-31G(d) level is depicted in Figure 4(a) for comparison, and the effect of the solvent (chloroform) within polarizable continuum model (PCM) [44] is taken into account during the calculation.
According to these aforementioned conclusions, the regular aggregation patterns of large number of polarizable particles can also be well understood and can be used to control, manipulate, and assemble polarizable particles.