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

  • noun The class of phenomena exhibited by a magnetic field.
  • noun The study of magnets and their effects.
  • noun The force exerted by a magnetic field.
  • noun Unusual power to attract, fascinate, or influence.
  • noun Animal magnetism.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun That peculiar property occasionally possessed by certain bodies (more especially by iron and steel) whereby, under certain circumstances, they naturally attract or repel one another according to determinate laws.
  • noun That branch of science which treats of the properties of the magnet, and of magnetic phenomena in general.
  • noun Attractive power; capacity for exciting sympathetic interest or attention: as, the magnetism of eloquence; personal magnetism.
  • noun See mesmerism and hypnotism.

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

  • noun The property, quality, or state, of being magnetic; the manifestation of the force in nature which is seen in a magnet. At one time it was believed to be separate from the electrical force, but it is now known to be intimately associated with electricity, as part of the phenomenon of electromagnetism.
  • noun The science which treats of magnetic phenomena.
  • noun Power of attraction; power to excite the feelings and to gain the affections.
  • noun Same as hypnotism, at one time believe to be due to a force more or less analogous to magnetism, which, it was alleged, is produced in animal tissues, and passes from one body to another with or without actual contact. The existence of such a force, and its potentiality for the cure of disease, were asserted by Mesmer in 1775. His theories and methods were afterwards called mesmerism, a name which has been popularly applied to theories and claims not put forward by Mesmer himself. See Mesmerism, Biology, Od, Hypnotism.
  • noun the magnetic force exerted by the earth, and recognized by its effect upon magnetized needles and bars.

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

  • noun The property of being magnetic
  • noun The science which treats of magnetic phenomena.
  • noun Power of attraction; power to excite the feelings and to gain the affections.

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

  • noun attraction for iron; associated with electric currents as well as magnets; characterized by fields of force
  • noun the branch of science that studies magnetism

Etymologies

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magnet + -ism

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