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

  • adjective Relating to or being a substance in which an induced magnetic field is parallel and proportional to the intensity of the magnetizing field but is much weaker than in ferromagnetic materials.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Assuming, when freely suspended between the poles of a horseshoe magnet, a position in a line from one pole to the other: magnetic in contradistinction to diamagnetic. See diamagnetism.
  • Of higher permeability than air.

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

  • adjective (Physics) Having or exhibiting paramagnetism; -- opposed to diamagnetic and contrasted with ferromagnetic.

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  • adjective physics exhibiting paramagnetism

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  • adjective of or relating to a paramagnet


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