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magnet

noun mag·net \ˈmag-nət\

: a piece of material (such as iron or steel) that is able to attract certain metals

: something or someone that attracts people or things

Full Definition of MAGNET

1
a :  lodestone
b :  a body having the property of attracting iron and producing a magnetic field external to itself; specifically :  a mass of iron, steel, or alloy that has this property artificially imparted
2
:  something that attracts <a box-office magnet>

Examples of MAGNET

  1. <the giant theme park is a magnet for tourists to the area>

Origin of MAGNET

Middle English magnete, from Anglo-French, from Latin magnet-, magnes, from Greek magnēs (lithos), literally, stone of Magnesia, ancient city in Asia Minor
First Known Use: 15th century

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MAGNET Defined for Kids

magnet

noun mag·net \ˈmag-nət\

Definition of MAGNET for Kids

:  a piece of material (as of iron, steel, or alloy) that is able to attract iron
Medical Dictionary

magnet

noun mag·net \ˈmag-nət\

Medical Definition of MAGNET

:  a body having the property of attracting iron and producing a magnetic field external to itself; specifically :  a mass of iron, steel, or alloy that has this property artificially imparted

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