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magnet

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noun mag·net \ˈmag-nət\

Simple Definition of magnet

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

  • : something or someone that attracts people or things

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of magnet

  1. 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. 2 :  something that attracts <a box-office magnet>

Examples of magnet in a sentence

  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


magnet-

combining form mag·net

Definition of magnet-

  1. 1 :  magnetic force <magnetometer>

  2. 2 :  magnetism :  magnetic <magnetoelectric> <magneton>

  3. 3 :  magnetoelectric <magnetoresistance>

  4. 4 :  magnetosphere <magnetopause>



Variants of magnet-

or magneto-

Origin of magnet-

Latin magnet-, magnes



MAGNET Defined for Kids

magnet

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noun mag·net \ˈmag-nət\

Definition of magnet for Students

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




Medical Dictionary

magnet

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noun mag·net \ˈmag-nət\

Medical Definition of magnet

  1. :  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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