Definition of poloidal in English:

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poloidal

Pronunciation: /pəˈlɔɪd(ə)l/

adjective

Physics
Relating to or denoting a magnetic field associated with a toroidal electric field, in which each line of force is confined to a radial or meridian plane.
Example sentences
  • But where plasma current alone creates the confining poloidal field in a tokamak, in NCSX, the current will contribute about a quarter of that field, with the rest coming from external magnets.
  • The second component of the magnetic field points ‘the short way’ round the torus and is called the poloidal field.

Origin

1940s: from polar, on the pattern of toroidal.

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