Meaning of elliptical polarization

ellip'tical polariza'tion

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— Physics. Physics.
  1. polarization of an electromagnetic wave in which the vector representing the instantaneous intensity of the electric field describes an elliptical helix in the direction of propagation. Cf. circular polarization.
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