Adjective "bipolar" definition and examples

(Bipolar may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/bʌɪˈpəʊlə/

Definitions and examples

adjective

Having or relating to two poles or extremities.
  1. 'The previous bipolar world order, based on mutual deterrence between the two superpowers, engendered a sort of mutual neutralisation.'
  2. 'Extroversion is one pole of the bipolar extroversion-introversion dimension.'
  3. 'The bipolar division of the environment into pure wilderness and impure everything else has deeply compromised environmentalism and sometimes skews environmental history.'
  4. 'Audiences seemed to emerge with bipolar responses to the movie: either they loved it or were simply baffled, left scratching their heads in anguish over the film's countless conundrums.'
  5. 'Mick O'Regan: Population increase in certain areas has become characterised by what geographers call bipolar growth.'
  6. 'If they are able in the next municipal and parliamentary elections to hold such a position, this will allow them to block the return of the bipolar structure of the Bulgarian political sphere.'
  7. 'Whether it will indeed be called that will become clear on March 10, when Simeon II is expected to announce the coalition that has the potential to shatter the current bipolar model.'
  8. 'It is merely the latest in a series of clashes as the bipolar (West v East) Cold War institutional framework is reshaped by the pressures of today's unipolar (USA rules) world.'
  9. 'At its heart lie the contention that ‘Bedouin society never changes’ and the bipolar division of history into pre-modern and modern communities.'
  10. 'The breakdown of the Soviet Union, which formed one of the two poles in the former bipolar world order brought to an end the set of rules that had governed international relations since the end of World War II.'
  11. 'This bipolar desire for overwhelming power everywhere while sticking our necks out nowhere is exemplified by the new basing strategy (more to follow on this).'
  12. 'The emerging view of a complex "bipolar climate machinery" urgently calls for a major international research effort to decipher and quantify the interplay of bipolar ice-ocean-atmosphere processes in climate evolution and sea level change during warm and cold climate conditions.'
  13. 'The millennial-scale asynchrony of Antarctic and Greenland climate records during the last glacial period implies that the global climate system acts as a bipolar see-saw driven by either high-latitudinal and/or near-equatorial sea-surface perturbations.'
  14. 'The bipolar climate asynchrony in our scenarios is caused by the toggle between North Atlantic heat piracy and South Atlantic counter heat piracy.'
(of psychiatric illness) characterized by both manic and depressive episodes, or manic ones only.
  1. 'For those of you in the audience with no medical background, frontal lobe syndrome manifests itself in many ways that mimic the manic stage of bipolar disease.'
  2. 'The Eccleston Doctor's bipolar lurching from impish playfulness to sullen melancholy was given a motivation that added to the thematic richness of this particular adventure, whilst setting up an intriguing story arc.'
  3. 'There's no evidence to tie these events to a bipolar condition, and I haven't noticed bipolar tendencies in Tom.'
  4. 'The small study, published in the November issue of the Journal of Psychiatric Research, compared creativity test scores of children of healthy parents with the scores of children of bipolar parents.'
  5. 'When a 20-year-old bipolar guy gets sent to court in Alabama, he might not face the same consequences as his non-bipolar counterpart.'
  6. 'I feel like it gives the general public this impression of bipolar people as insane maniacs who pose some kind of danger to ‘normal’ people.'
  7. 'Earlier this year, New York magazine asked on its cover: ‘Are you bipolar?’'
  8. 'I forgive him, knowing he was bipolar, manic depressive, alcoholic.'
  9. 'He's bipolar, obviously well educated, and he feels not the least bit sorry for himself, despite the fact that fate has put him on a milk crate on a bridge on a cold November afternoon.'
  10. 'The study also didn't explain or examine the 50 percent of bipolar people who do not have a history of serious childhood abuse.'
  11. 'He says he was diagnosed as bipolar.'
  12. 'But he, in his customary bipolar (but tending manic) fashion, is making nice.'
  13. 'Two weeks later, I learned I was bipolar too; how ironic!'
  14. 'She spent little time on psychiatric inpatient units working, for example, with bipolar patients in their active manic phases.'
  15. 'She wasn't bipolar, or manic or anything like that.'
  16. 'Are more kids bipolar?'
  17. 'If I'm bipolar now, will I be bipolar forever?'
  18. 'I still feel really horrible sometimes, but I know it's all part of being bipolar.'
  19. 'Berghofer et al followed 55 bipolar patients for a period that average 8.2 years.'
  20. 'The article also quoted a "friend" of Voorhies' saying she has a "terrible drug problem" and was "bipolar."'
(of a nerve cell) having two axons, one either side of the cell body.
  1. 'Some bipolar naked nuclei and rare single intact epithelial cells were seen.'
  2. 'In past years evanescent wave microscopy was used to study the dynamics of vesicles in endocrine cells and in goldfish bipolar cell terminals.'
  3. 'Isolated retinal bipolar cells from tiger salamanders act like adaptive filters: at resting potential, their response gain and time constant are maximal, and transfer functions are lowpass.'
  4. 'These cells appeared mainly as thin and bipolar cells closely related to the hypertrophic nerve trunks.'
  5. 'Most cells were either oval or spindle shaped, with bipolar cell processes.'
(of a transistor or other device) using both positive and negative charge carriers.
  1. 'The differential amplifier further includes a lateral bipolar transistor.'
  2. 'Thus, positive feedback between two bipolar junction transistors is reduced and then latch-up is eliminated.'
  3. 'A bipolar junction transistor is provided that includes an intrinsic collector region of first conductivity type in a semiconductor substrate.'

More definitions

1. having two poles, as the earth.

2. of, relating to, or found at both polar regions.

3. characterized by opposite extremes, as two conflicting political philosophies.

4. Electronics. of or relating to a transistor that uses both positive and negative charge carriers.

5. Psychiatry. of, relating to, or having bipolar disorder: His wife is bipolar.

More examples(as adjective)

"systems can be bipolar."

"worlds can be bipolar."

"transistors can be bipolar."

"drives can be bipolar."

"models can be bipolar."

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