polar opposite
Opposite Op"po*site, n. 1. One who opposes; an opponent; an antagonist. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The opposites of this day's strife. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is opposed or contrary in character or meaning; as, sweetness and its opposite; up is the opposite of down. [1913 Webster +PJC]

The virtuous man meets with more opposites and opponents than any other. --Landor. [1913 Webster]

{polar opposite} that which is conspicuously different in most important respects. [PJC]


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  • Opposite — Op po*site, n. 1. One who opposes; an opponent; an antagonist. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The opposites of this day s strife. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is opposed or contrary in character or meaning; as, sweetness and its opposite; up is the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • polar — [[t]po͟ʊlə(r)[/t]] 1) ADJ: ADJ n Polar means near the North and South Poles. ...the rigours of life in the polar regions... There was a period of excessive warmth which melted some of the polar ice. ...polar explorers. 2) ADJ: ADJ n Polar is used …   English dictionary

  • polar — po|lar [ˈpəulə US ˈpoulər] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Modern Latin; Origin: polaris, from Latin polus; POLE1] 1.) close to or relating to the North Pole or the South Pole ▪ As our climate warms up, the polar ice caps will begin to melt. 2.) polar… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • opposite — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ complete, direct, exact, precise, total, very ▪ polar OPPOSITE + VERB ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • polar — adjective 1 close to, or connected with the North Pole and the South Pole: As our climate warms up, the polar ice caps will begin to melt. 2 technical related to one of the poles of a magnet 3 polar opposite/extreme something exactly or… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Polar — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Polar axis — Polar 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. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Polar bear — Polar 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. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Polar body — Polar 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. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Polar cell — Polar 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. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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