from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to magnetism or magnets.
  • adjective Having the properties of a magnet.
  • adjective Capable of being magnetized or attracted by a magnet.
  • adjective Operating by means of magnetism.
  • adjective Relating to the magnetic poles of the earth.
  • adjective Having an unusual power or ability to attract.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to the magnet or to magnetism; possessing the properties of the magnet: as, a magnetic bar of iron; a magnetic needle.
  • Pertaining to the earth's magnetism: as, the magnetic north; the magnetic meridian. See phrases below.
  • Having properties analogous to those of the magnet; attractive; winning.
  • noun Any metal, as iron, steel, nickel, cobalt, etc., which may receive the properties of the lodestone.
  • noun A paramagnetic body, or one which, when free to turn in a magnetic field, sets its longest axis along the lines of magnetic force: in contradistinction to diamagnetic. See diamagnetism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A magnet.
  • noun Any metal, as iron, nickel, cobalt, etc., which may receive, by any means, the properties of the loadstone, and which then, when suspended, fixes itself in the direction of a magnetic meridian.
  • adjective Pertaining to the magnet; possessing the properties of the magnet, or corresponding properties
  • adjective Of or pertaining to, or characterized by, the earth's magnetism
  • adjective Capable of becoming a magnet; susceptible to magnetism.
  • adjective Endowed with extraordinary personal power to excite the feelings and to win the affections; attractive; inducing attachment.
  • adjective Archaic Having, susceptible to, or induced by, animal magnetism, so called; hypnotic. See Magnetism.
  • adjective etc. See under Amplitude, Attraction, etc.
  • adjective a combination of bar or horseshoe magnets with the like poles adjacent, so as to act together with great power.
  • adjective a contrivance connected with a ship's compass for compensating or neutralizing the effect of the iron of the ship upon the needle.
  • adjective curves indicating lines of magnetic force, as in the arrangement of iron filings between the poles of a powerful magnet.
  • adjective (Chem. Physics), (Physics) See under Element.
  • adjective the hypothetical fluid whose existence was formerly assumed in the explanations of the phenomena of magnetism; -- no longer considered a meaningful concept.
  • adjective (Min.) Same as Magnetite.
  • adjective a slender bar of steel, magnetized and suspended at its center on a sharp-pointed pivot, or by a delicate fiber, so that it may take freely the direction of the magnetic meridian. It constitutes the essential part of a compass, such as the mariner's and the surveyor's.
  • adjective the two points in the opposite polar regions of the earth at which the direction of the dipping needle is vertical.
  • adjective See Pyrrhotite.
  • adjective (Terrestrial Physics) a disturbance of the earth's magnetic force characterized by great and sudden changes.
  • adjective (Electronics) a ribbon of plastic material to which is affixed a thin layer of powder of a material which can be magnetized, such as ferrite. Such tapes are used in various electronic devices to record fluctuating voltages, which can be used to represent sounds, images, or binary data. Devices such as audio casette recorders, videocasette recorders, and computer data storage devices use magnetic tape as an inexpensive medium to store data. Different magnetically susceptible materials are used in such tapes.
  • adjective a telegraph acting by means of a magnet. See Telegraph.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of, relating to, operating by, or caused by magnetism
  • adjective having the properties of a magnet, especially the ability to draw or pull
  • adjective determined by earth's magnetic fields
  • adjective having an extraordinary ability to attract

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

  • adjective of or relating to or caused by magnetism
  • adjective having the properties of a magnet; i.e. of attracting iron or steel
  • adjective possessing an extraordinary ability to attract
  • adjective determined by earth's magnetic fields
  • adjective capable of being magnetized


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