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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a weak form of magnetism that is only observed in the presence of an external magnetic field; due to an induced magnetic field in an opposite direction

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The science which treats of diamagnetic phenomena, and of the properties of diamagnetic bodies.
  • n. The magnetic action which characterizes diamagnetic substances, the magnetic moments of which tend to oppose an externally applied magnetic field. Contrasted with paramagnetism and ferromagnetism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The phenomena exhibited by a class of substances which, when under the influence of magnetism and freely suspended, take a position with the longer axis at right angles to the magnetic lines of force.
  • n. That branch of magnetism which treats of diamagnetic phenomena and diamagnetic bodies.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. phenomenon exhibited by materials like copper or bismuth that become magnetized in a magnetic field with a polarity opposite to the magnetic force; unlike iron they are slightly repelled by a magnet

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