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By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D.
Water contains a pair of unbonded electrons on the oxygen atom that creates a dipole in the molecule. This can be seen by placing a positively charged comb near a stream of water to attract the water's negative charge.
Dipole Definition: A dipole is a separation of electrical charges. In chemistry, a dipole refers to the separation of charges within a molecule between two covalently bonded atoms.
Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D.
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