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  • n. Obsolete form of magnet.

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  • n. Magnet.


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  • The word manganese comes from the Latin word magnes which means magnet.


  • Of this also we haue most true experience, and most certaynely assure you that there is neyther iron or steele or the magnes stone that should so make the toombe of Mahumet to hange in the ayre, as some haue falsely imagined; neyther is there any mountayne nearer than foure myles: we remayned here three dayes to refreshe our company.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • Now, by the hidden and admirable power of the loadstones, the steel plates were put into motion, and consequently the gates were slowly drawn; however, not always, but when the said loadstone on the outside was removed, after which the steel was freed from its power, the two bunches of scordium being at the same time put at some distance, because it deadens the magnes and robs it of its attractive virtue.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • Et dixit Funcius, qui composuit librum de lapidibus, quod magnes, si ligatus fuerit in pedem podagrici, curatur.

    Gilbertus Anglicus Medicine of the Thirteenth Century

  • In charging the magnes microcosmi, the motive of the purchaser had always to be taken into account.

    The Sorcery Club

  • This metamorphosis can also be produced by means of a magnet called the 'magnes microcosmi,' which is prepared from substances that have had a long association with the human body, and are penetrated by its vitality.

    The Sorcery Club

  • "Very well, madam," Kelson said, carefully concealing a smile, "here is what you want -- wear it next your heart;" and he gave her a locket, containing a magnes microcosmi charged with the essence of life of a leper, which he had procured at considerable risk and expense.

    The Sorcery Club

  • It is now a magnes microcosmi, or a magnet for attracting diseases and properties, and if it be placed in close contact with a criminal or lunatic, it will be filled with his essence of life, and may then be used as a means of infecting other people with his pernicious qualities.

    The Sorcery Club

  • "Certainly, madam, certainly," he said, "here is a spell that will have the effect you desire," and he handed her a ring containing a magnes microcosmi fully charged with the essence of life of an idiot.

    The Sorcery Club

  • Had the magnes microcosmi been charged with real, deep-rooted love, the effect on the wearer would have been highly satisfactory, but charged as it was with the effervescent and fleeting fancy of a flirt, the effect on whoever wore it could not be more disastrous.

    The Sorcery Club


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