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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  2.  Of  or  pertaining  to  the  magnetic  pole,  or  to  the  point  to 
  which  the  magnetic  needle  is  directed. 
 
  3.  (Geom.)  Pertaining  to  reckoned  from  or  having  a  common 
  radiating  point;  as  polar  co["o]rdinates. 
 
  {Polar  axis},  that  axis  of  an  astronomical  instrument,  as  an 
  equatorial,  which  is  parallel  to  the  earths  axis. 
 
  {Polar  bear}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  large  bear  ({Ursus,  or  Thalarctos, 
  maritimus})  inhabiting  the  arctic  regions.  It  sometimes 
  measures  nearly  nine  feet  in  length  and  weighs  1,600 
  pounds.  It  is  partially  amphibious,  very  powerful,  and  the 
  most  carnivorous  of  all  the  bears.  The  fur  is  white, 
  tinged  with  yellow.  Called  also  {White  bear}.  See  {Bear}. 
 
 
  {Polar  body},  {cell},  or  {globule}  (Biol.),  a  minute  cell 
  which  separates  by  karyokinesis  from  the  ovum  during  its 
  maturation.  In  the  maturation  of  ordinary  ova  two  polar 
  bodies  are  formed,  but  in  parthogenetic  ova  only  one  The 
  first  polar  body  formed  is  usually  larger  than  the  second 
  one  and  often  divides  into  two  after  its  separation  from 
  the  ovum.  Each  of  the  polar  bodies  removes  maternal 
  chromatin  from  the  ovum  to  make  room  for  the  chromatin  of 
  the  fertilizing  spermatozo["o]n;  but  their  functions  are 
  not  fully  understood. 
 
  {Polar  circles}  (Astron.  &  Geog.),  two  circles,  each  at  a 
  distance  from  a  pole  of  the  earth  equal  to  the  obliquity 
  of  the  ecliptic,  or  about  23[deg]  28',  the  northern  called 
  the  arctic  circle,  and  the  southern  the  antarctic  circle. 
 
 
  {Polar  clock},  a  tube,  containing  a  polarizing  apparatus, 
  turning  on  an  axis  parallel  to  that  of  the  earth,  and 
  indicating  the  hour  of  the  day  on  an  hour  circle,  by  being 
  turned  toward  the  plane  of  maximum  polarization  of  the 
  light  of  the  sky,  which  is  always  90[deg]  from  the  sun. 
 
  {Polar  co["o]rdinates}.  See  under  3d  {Co["o]rdinate}. 
 
  {Polar  dial},  a  dial  whose  plane  is  parallel  to  a  great 
  circle  passing  through  the  poles  of  the  earth.  --Math. 
  Dict. 
 
  {Polar  distance},  the  angular  distance  of  any  point  on  a 
  sphere  from  one  of  its  poles,  particularly  of  a  heavenly 
  body  from  the  north  pole  of  the  heavens. 
 
  {Polar  equation  of  a  line}  or  {surface},  an  equation  which 
  expresses  the  relation  between  the  polar  co["o]rdinates  of 
  every  point  of  the  line  or  surface. 
 
  {Polar  forces}  (Physics),  forces  that  are  developed  and  act 
  in  pairs,  with  opposite  tendencies  or  properties  in  the 
  two  elements,  as  magnetism,  electricity,  etc 
 
  {Polar  hare}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  large  hare  of  Arctic  America 
  ({Lepus  arcticus}),  which  turns  pure  white  in  winter.  It 
  is  probably  a  variety  of  the  common  European  hare  ({L. 
  timidus}). 
 
  {Polar  lights},  the  aurora  borealis  or  australis. 
 
  {Polar},  or  {Polaric},  {opposition}  or  {contrast}  (Logic),  an 
  opposition  or  contrast  made  by  the  existence  of  two 
  opposite  conceptions  which  are  the  extremes  in  a  species, 
  as  white  and  black  in  colors;  hence  as  great  an 
  opposition  or  contrast  as  possible. 
 
  {Polar  projection}.  See  under  {Projection}. 
 
  {Polar  spherical  triangle}  (Spherics),  a  spherical  triangle 
  whose  three  angular  points  are  poles  of  the  sides  of  a 
  given  triangle.  See  4th  {Pole},  2. 
 
  {Polar  whale}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  right  whale,  or  bowhead.  See 
  {Whale}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Contrast  \Con*trast"\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Contrasted};  p.  pr 
  &  vb  n.  {Contrasting}.]  [F.  contraster,  LL  contrastare  to 
  resist,  withstand,  fr  L.  contra  +  stare  to  stand  See 
  {Stand}.] 
  To  stand  in  opposition;  to  exhibit  difference,  unlikeness,  or 
  opposition  of  qualities. 
 
  The  joints  which  divide  the  sandstone  contrast  finely 
  with  the  divisional  planes  which  separate  the  basalt 
  into  pillars.  --Lyell. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Contrast  \Con*trast"\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  set  in  opposition,  or  over  against,  in  order  to  show 
  the  differences  between,  or  the  comparative  excellences 
  and  defects  of  to  compare  by  difference  or  contrariety  of 
  qualities;  as  to  contrast  the  present  with  the  past. 
 
  2.  (Fine  Arts)  To  give  greater  effect  to  as  to  a  figure  or 
  other  object,  by  putting  it  in  some  relation  of  opposition 
  to  another  figure  or  object. 
 
  the  figures  of  the  groups  must  not  be  all  on  side  . 
  .  .  but  must  contrast  each  other  by  their  several 
  position.  --Dryden. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Contrast  \Con"trast\  (k[o^]n"tr[.a]st),  n.  [F.  contraste:  cf 
  It  contrasto.] 
  1.  The  act  of  contrasting,  or  the  state  of  being  contrasted; 
  comparison  by  contrariety  of  qualities. 
 
  place  the  prospect  of  the  soul  In  sober  contrast 
  with  reality.  --Wordsworth. 
 
  2.  Opposition  or  dissimilitude  of  things  or  qualities; 
  unlikeness,  esp.  as  shown  by  juxtaposition  or  comparison. 
 
  The  contrasts  and  resemblances  of  the  seasons. 
  --Whewell. 
 
  3.  (Fine  Arts)  The  opposition  of  varied  forms,  colors,  etc., 
  which  by  such  juxtaposition  more  vividly  express  each 
  other's  peculiarities.  --Fairholt. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  contrast 
  n  1:  the  opposition  or  dissimilarity  of  things  that  are  compared; 
  "in  contrast  to",  "by  contrast"  [syn:  {direct  contrast}] 
  2:  the  act  of  distinguishing  by  comparing  differences 
  3:  a  conceptual  separation  or  demarcation:  "there  is  a  narrow 
  line  between  sanity  and  insanity"  [syn:  {line},  {dividing 
  line},  {demarcation}] 
  4:  the  perceptual  effect  of  the  juxtaposition  of  very  different 
  colors 
  v  1:  put  in  contrast 
  2:  to  show  differences  when  compared;  be  different  [syn:  {counterpoint}] 
  3:  put  in  contrast 




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