polarization
noun Date: 1812 1. the action of polarizing or state of being or becoming polarized: as a. (1) the action or process of affecting radiation and especially light so that the vibrations of the wave assume a definite form (2) the state of radiation affected by this process b. an increase in the resistance of an electrolytic cell often caused by the deposition of gas on one or both electrodes c. magnetization 2. a. division into two opposites b. concentration about opposing extremes of groups or interests formerly ranged on a continuum

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