Definition of multipolar in English:



  • 1Having many poles or extremities.

    ‘regions of the gut are innervated with multipolar neurons’
    • ‘Individual cells showed a variety of aberrations, with the common presence of cells with abnormalities of the spindle poles, frequently being multipolar.’
    • ‘Most of their neurons are large multipolar projection neurons.’
    • ‘In sub mutations, we observed spindles that were unipolar, multipolar, or frayed with no defined poles.’
    • ‘For gold and silver particles smaller than 50 nm, the electric dipole moment dominates higher-order optical multipolar moments, and absorption exceeds scattering as a mechanism for optical extinction.’
    • ‘These MN appear to be the consequence of a very high rate of chromosome lagging occurring in multipolar mitoses (preceding the multinucleate state) which are produced when cytokinesis-blocked binucleate cells further divide.’
    • ‘Mutants have multipolar spindles in male meiosis and irregular mitotic figures in the larval neuroblasts, which is the result of aberrant behavior of the mitotic spindle during embryonic cleavage.’
    • ‘Cleavage is followed by a period of differential cell movement that appears to occur largely by multipolar delamination (sometimes called morula delamination).’
    • ‘Sensitivity can be improved by using a multipolar esophageal electrode to record the amplitude of the diaphragmatic electromyogram elicited by phrenic nerve stimulation.’
    • ‘Finally, instead of the dipolar water model used previously we use an improvement, an SPC-like multipolar model that reproduces water's dipole moment.’
  • 2Polarized in several ways or directions.

    ‘today's multipolar and multicultural world’
    • ‘Led by Chirac and Schröder, the core countries would promote a multipolar world, with Europe as one emerging pole.’
    • ‘When you look at the evolution of the world, you see that quite naturally a multipolar world is being created, whether one likes it or not.’
    • ‘The world has become far more multipolar than it was prior to 1989, and the means by which other players can enter the competitive field of play have greatly proliferated.’
    • ‘France's former foreign minister Hubert Vedrine believes ‘a politically unipolar world’ is unacceptable, and therefore France is ‘fighting for a multipolar world’.’
    • ‘At the time, it was assumed that the new world would be multipolar, with the U.S., the European Union, Japan, Russia and a rising China sharing power and balancing one another.’
    • ‘Out of nervousness about unipolarity, they might underestimate the dangers of a multipolar system in which nonliberal and nondemocratic powers would come to outweigh Europe.’
    • ‘But Canada is more than a peaceful microcosm of Europe; it is increasingly a peaceful microsm of the entire world whose many interests and interdependencies are multipolar.’
    • ‘The difficulty is that nationhood and religious identities of ethnic population have created shifting norms within the states and now the world is becoming increasingly multipolar and regional.’
    • ‘I prefer to envision a multipolar world, hopefully dominated by democracies built on strong and free republics, well informed by humanitarian ideologies.’
    • ‘For several centuries before 1945, European states of roughly equivalent standing dominated global affairs in a multipolar system.’
    • ‘The reality is surely that of a world without a counterbalance, physically destabilized and thus dangerous in the absence of a multipolar equilibrium.’
    • ‘A major focus of the book is its subject's obsession with building a multipolar balance-of-power among the United States, China and the Soviet Union.’
    • ‘India must return to the policy of non-alignment and campaign for a multipolar, multilateral, democratic and peaceful global order.’
    • ‘In the multipolar world that has ensued from the end of the Cold War, submerged tensions between the US and Europe have come out into the open.’
    • ‘That's why I favour a multipolar world, in which Europe has its place.’
    • ‘For almost 350 years the world had been a multipolar one, with six or seven powers in a shifting balance.’
    • ‘Washington is merely one of a number of commercial powers in an increasingly multipolar world economy.’
    • ‘If one compares multipolar Europe between 1900 and 1945 with bipolar Europe between 1945 and 1990, it might seem that multipolar systems are especially prone to deadly wars.’
    • ‘The move is often portrayed by both as the quest for a multipolar international order to challenge the perceived hegemonic influence of an evolving monopolarity - i.e., US supremacy.’
    • ‘A multipolar racial pattern has largely supplanted the old racial system, which was often viewed as a bipolar white-black hierarchy.’



/ˌməltēˈpōlər/ /ˌməltiˈpoʊlər/ /ˌməlˌtīˈpōlər/ /ˌməlˌtaɪˈpoʊlər/