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Polder \Pol"der\, n. [D.] A tract of low land reclaimed from the sea by of high embankments. [Holland & Belgium]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1600, from Dutch polder, from Middle Dutch polre, related to East Frisian poller, polder, of unknown origin.


n. (context geography English) An area of ground reclaimed from a sea or lake by means of dikes. (from 17th c.)


POLDER (POLarization and Directionality of the Earth's Reflectances) is a passive optical imaging radiometer and polarimeter developed by the French space agency CNES.

Polder (disambiguation)

Polder is a low-lying tract of land enclosed by embankments known as dikes, that forms an artificial hydrological entity.

Polder may also refer to:

  • POLDER, an environmental satellite radiometer

Usage examples of "polder".

As the pilot turned his Chinook westwards, presumably to see what the conditions were like in the polder, de Graaf leaned over to one of the Rijkswaterstaat experts.

The Chinook curved round, passing over the waters flooding across the first reaches of the polder and came to hover some fifteen metres above the ground and some twenty metres distant.

Polder was transferred to the underground factory at Nordhausen, in the Harz.

I forget half of them - were Leeuwarden, the Noordoost polder in the vicinity of Urk, the Amstclmeer, the Wieringermeer, Putten, the polder south of Petten, Schouwen, Duiveland and Walcheren - did we remember what happened to Walcheren during the war?

The south side was similarly defended by a wall with four strong bastions, while beyond these at the southwest corner lay a field called the Polder, extending to the point where the Yper Leer ran into the ditches.

A certain Cornelius Rijpma, president of the Sea Polder board in Leeuwarden, in Friesland, is on record as saying some months ago that the dykes in his area consist of nothing more than layers of sand and that if a big storm comes they are certain to break.

The largest dry region, lying east of the Trade Road, was the Dylex Country, where polders or diked and drained fields contained well-cultivated farms, pastures, and scattered townships.

They came through the last of the thinning mist to a place covered with clean, coarse turf such as grew in the polders to the northeast.

They were called mafun, and they had even appeared on the table at the Citadel, where they were esteemed as a delicacy, although they could not be replanted from the wild into any polder field.