An example of polar is a polar bear from Antarctica.
- of, relating to, or near the North or South pole
- coming from the region near the North or South pole
- of a pole or poles
- having polarity
- opposite in character, nature, direction, etc.
- central and guiding, like the earth's pole or the polestar
Origin of polarMedieval Latin polaris ; from Classical Latin polus: see pole
- a. Of or relating to a pole.b. Measured from or referred to a pole: polar distance; polar diameter.
- Relating to, connected with, or located near the North Pole or South Pole.
- a. Passing over a planet's north and south poles: a polar orbit.b. Traveling in an orbit that passes over a planet's north and south poles.
- Serving as a guide, as a polestar or a pole of the earth.
- Occupying or characterized by opposite extremes: “In creative territory [they] make a strange yet ineluctable couple, more complementary, even polar, than twin-like” (Josh Rubins).
- Central or pivotal.
- a. Chemistry Relating to or characterized by a dipole: a polar molecule.b. Ionizing when dissolved or fused: polar bonds or linkages.
- of, relating to, measured from, or referred to a geographic pole (the North Pole or South Pole)
- of an orbit that passes over, or near, one of these poles
- (chemistry) having a dipole; ionic
- (mathematics) of a coordinate system, specifying the location of a point in a plane by using a radius and an angle
- (linguistics, of a question) Having but two possible answers, yes and no.
From Late Latin polÄris