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Answered 2010-10-22 16:11:06

Polarization speaks to the orientation of a wave in space. Waves oscillate. They have a component or components that move or are in motion. And as regards the space through which they're moving, they may be moving "up and down" or "across and back" or at some angle relative to some "reference" like "up and down" as cited.

There are lots of different applications of the concept, and light, electronics and even something like seismology deal with the concept of the polarization of waves. Links can be found below to relevant posts.

When a charged body is placed close to a nonconducting substance, the molecules of the substance get polarised. This is called polarisation.

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