from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The force exerted between magnetic poles, producing magnetization.
- n. A force that exists between two electrically charged moving particles.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The force caused by a magnetic field, a force which affects objects having a magnetic field and objects in which a magnetic field can be induced, such as ferromagnetic substances; a magnetic force manifests itself as an attraction for iron. It is associated with electric currents and moving charged paticles as well as permanent magnets.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. attraction for iron; associated with electric currents as well as magnets; characterized by fields of force
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For if we find that in the ebb of the sea the surface of the water is more arched and round, the waters rising in the middle of the sea and falling away from the sides, that is, the shores; and that in the flood the same surface is more even and level, the waters returning to their former position; then indeed on the authority of this decisive instance the raising by magnetic force may be admitted; otherwise it must be utterly rejected.
He invented a portable theodolite for magnetic measurements and with it he established the constants of the earth's magnetic force for a number of places through Middle Europe, from Spain to Denmark.
I felt by now that something weird was going on: The planets had aligned, or some bizarre magnetic force kept bringing us together.