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Meaning of POLAR

Pronunciation:  'powlur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  having a pair of equal and opposite charges
  2. [adj]  being of crucial importance; "a pivotal event"; "Its pivotal location has also exposed it to periodic invasions"- Henry Kissinger; "the polar events of this study"; "a polar principal"
  3. [adj]  extremely cold; "an arctic climate"; "let's get inside; I'm freezing"; "a frigid day"; "gelid waters of the North Atlantic"; "glacial winds"; "icy hands"; "polar weather"
  4. [adj]  characterized by opposite extremes; completely opposed; "in diametric contradiction to his claims"; "diametrical (or opposite) points of view"; "opposite meanings"; "extreme and indefensible polar positions"
  5. [adj]  of or existing at or near a geographical pole or within the Arctic or Antarctic Circles; "polar regions"
  6. [adj]  located at or near or coming from the earth's poles; "polar diameter"; "polar zone"; "a polar air mass"; "Antarctica is the only polar continent"

POLAR is a 5 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: Antarctic, arctic, charged, circumpolar, cold, crucial, diametric, diametrical, different, freezing, frigid, gelid, glacial, icy, important, nontropical, north-polar, opposite, pivotal, south-polar
 Antonyms: equatorial



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Po"lar\, a. [Cf. F. polaire. See {Pole} of the earth.]
    1. Of or pertaining to one of the poles of the earth, or of a
       sphere; situated near, or proceeding from, one of the
       poles; as, polar regions; polar seas; polar winds.
    2. Of or pertaining to the magnetic pole, or to the point to
       which the magnetic needle is directed.
    3. (Geom.) Pertaining to, reckoned from, or having a common
       radiating point; as, polar co["o]rdinates.
    {Polar axis}, that axis of an astronomical instrument, as an
       equatorial, which is parallel to the earths axis.
    {Polar bear} (Zo["o]l.), a large bear ({Ursus, or Thalarctos,
       maritimus}) inhabiting the arctic regions. It sometimes
       measures nearly nine feet in length and weighs 1,600
       pounds. It is partially amphibious, very powerful, and the
       most carnivorous of all the bears. The fur is white,
       tinged with yellow. Called also {White bear}. See {Bear}.
    {Polar body}, {cell}, or {globule} (Biol.), a minute cell
       which separates by karyokinesis from the ovum during its
       maturation. In the maturation of ordinary ova two polar
       bodies are formed, but in parthogenetic ova only one. The
       first polar body formed is usually larger than the second
       one, and often divides into two after its separation from
       the ovum. Each of the polar bodies removes maternal
       chromatin from the ovum to make room for the chromatin of
       the fertilizing spermatozo["o]n; but their functions are
       not fully understood.
    {Polar circles} (Astron. & Geog.), two circles, each at a
       distance from a pole of the earth equal to the obliquity
       of the ecliptic, or about 23[deg] 28', the northern called
       the arctic circle, and the southern the antarctic circle.
    {Polar clock}, a tube, containing a polarizing apparatus,
       turning on an axis parallel to that of the earth, and
       indicating the hour of the day on an hour circle, by being
       turned toward the plane of maximum polarization of the
       light of the sky, which is always 90[deg] from the sun.
    {Polar co["o]rdinates}. See under 3d {Co["o]rdinate}.
    {Polar dial}, a dial whose plane is parallel to a great
       circle passing through the poles of the earth. --Math.
    {Polar distance}, the angular distance of any point on a
       sphere from one of its poles, particularly of a heavenly
       body from the north pole of the heavens.
    {Polar equation of a line} or {surface}, an equation which
       expresses the relation between the polar co["o]rdinates of
       every point of the line or surface.
    {Polar forces} (Physics), forces that are developed and act
       in pairs, with opposite tendencies or properties in the
       two elements, as magnetism, electricity, etc.
    {Polar hare} (Zo["o]l.), a large hare of Arctic America
       ({Lepus arcticus}), which turns pure white in winter. It
       is probably a variety of the common European hare ({L.
    {Polar lights}, the aurora borealis or australis.
    {Polar}, or {Polaric}, {opposition} or {contrast} (Logic), an
       opposition or contrast made by the existence of two
       opposite conceptions which are the extremes in a species,
       as white and black in colors; hence, as great an
       opposition or contrast as possible.
    {Polar projection}. See under {Projection}.
    {Polar spherical triangle} (Spherics), a spherical triangle
       whose three angular points are poles of the sides of a
       given triangle. See 4th {Pole}, 2.
    {Polar whale} (Zo["o]l.), the right whale, or bowhead. See
  2. \Po"lar\, n. (Conic Sections)
    The right line drawn through the two points of contact of the
    two tangents drawn from a given point to a given conic
    section. The given point is called the pole of the line. If
    the given point lies within the curve so that the two
    tangents become imaginary, there is still a real polar line
    which does not meet the curve, but which possesses other
    properties of the polar. Thus the focus and directrix are
    pole and polar. There are also poles and polar curves to
    curves of higher degree than the second, and poles and polar
    planes to surfaces of the second degree.
Biology Dictionary
  1. Describes a feature or phenomenon occuring at the end (pole) of an object (such as a planet) or organism (such as an ameba).
  2. Describes a hydrophilic molecule or substance that dissolves in water. Compare nonpolar.
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