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di·pole / ˈdīˌpōl/ • n. Physics a pair of equal and oppositely charged or magnetized poles separated by a distance. ∎  an antenna consisting of a horizontal metal rod with a connecting wire at its center. ∎  Chem. a molecule in which a concentration of positive electric charge is separated from a concentration of negative charge. DERIVATIVES: di·po·lar / dīˈpōlər/ adj.

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dipole Separation of electric charge in a molecule. In a covalent bond, the electron pair is not equally shared. In hydrogen chloride (HCl), electrons are attracted towards the more electro-negative chlorine atom, giving it a partial negative charge and leaving an equal positive charge on the hydrogen atom. Dipoles contribute to the chemical properties of molecules.

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dipole Having a different electromagnetic charge (i.e. pole) at each end (e.g. a molecule with an uneven charge distribution, one pole having a net negative charge, the other a net positive charge).

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dipole A molecule that has an uneven charge distribution, one pole having a net negative charge, the other a net positive charge.

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dipole

dipole A molecule with an uneven charge distribution, one pole having a net negative charge, the other a net positive charge.

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dipole: see pole, in electricity and magnetism.

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