polar
I. adjective Etymology: New Latin polaris, from Latin polus pole Date: 1551 1. a. of or relating to a geographic pole or the region around it b. coming from or having the characteristics of such a region c. (1) passing over a celestial body's north and south poles <
a satellite in a polar orbit
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(2) traveling in a polar orbit <
a polar satellite
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2. of or relating to one or more poles (as of a magnet) 3. serving as a guide <
a polar principle
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<
a polar theory
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4. diametrically opposite <
polar positions on the issue
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5. exhibiting polarity; especially having a dipole or characterized by molecules having dipoles <
a polar solvent
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6. resembling a pole or axis around which all else revolves ; pivotal <
polar events
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7. of, relating to, or expressed in polar coordinates <
polar equations
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; also of or relating to a polar coordinate system II. noun Date: 1848 a straight line related to a point; specifically the straight line joining the points of contact of the tangents from a point exterior to a conic section

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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