One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Materials Science and Physical Geography. The formation of smaller grains within the grains of a metal as a result of the migration of dislocations following deformation and subsequent annealing; a similar phenomenon in other crystalline materials, such as rock and ice.
2Chiefly Mathematics and Computing. The subdivision of an area or surface into a network of polygons; the result of this.
1940s. From polygon + -ization. Compare later polygonize.
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