Pronunciation: [pō-ˈler-ə-tē, pə-, -ˈla-rə-]
1. (Physics) Imbalance caused by the unequal attraction between north and south poles
2. Attraction in a specific direction or towards a specific object
Example sentence: Water's polarity is slightly negative because there is uneven attraction of oxygen and hydrogen.
First used in: 1646
In context: Polarity allows water to dissolve ions such as salt. This is useful in cooking in almost any dish because water and salt are very common ingredients. Examples include when boiling pasta, salt and water is required.