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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Either of two limited regions in a magnet at which the field of the magnet is most intense, each of which is designated by the approximate geographic direction to which it is attracted.
  • n. Either of two variable points on the earth, close to but not coinciding with the geographic poles, where the magnetic field of the earth is most intense and toward which the needle of a compass points.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Either of the two points, near the ends of a magnet, at which the magnetic lines of force converge.
  • n. Either of the two locations on a planet's surface at which the planet's magnetic field lines are vertical.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Either of two points where the lines of force of the earth's magnetic field are vertical.
  • n. One of the two ends of a magnet where the magnetic field is strongest.
  • n. See under Magnetic.

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

  • n. either of two points where the lines of force of the Earth's magnetic field are vertical
  • n. one of the two ends of a magnet where the magnetism seems to be concentrated

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