Depolarize De*po"lar*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Depolarized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Depolarizing}.] [Pref. de- + polarize: cf. F. d['e]polarizer.] 1. (Opt.) To deprive of polarity; to reduce to an unpolarized condition. [1913 Webster]

Note: This word has been inaccurately applied in optics to describe the effect of a polarizing medium, as a crystalline plate, in causing the reappearance of a ray, in consequence of a change in its plane of polarization, which previously to the change was intercepted by the analyzer. [1913 Webster]

2. (Elec.) To free from polarization, as the negative plate of the voltaic battery. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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