demagnetize

verb
de·​mag·​ne·​tize | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈmag-nə-ˌtīz How to pronounce demagnetize (audio) \
demagnetized; demagnetizing; demagnetizes

Definition of demagnetize

transitive verb

: to deprive of magnetic properties

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Other Words from demagnetize

demagnetization \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌmag-​nə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce demagnetization (audio) \ noun
demagnetizer \ (ˌ)dē-​ˈmag-​nə-​ˌtī-​zər How to pronounce demagnetizer (audio) \ noun

Examples of demagnetize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Conclusion: the live cockroaches demagnetize (i.e., the magnetic field decays) much faster than dead ones. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Cubed wombat poop, why your left nut runs hot, among Ig Nobel winners," 12 Sep. 2019 The basic theory was that the flowing hot water demagnetized the minerals. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Plugging in to a volcano: Geothermal power and the science that enables it," 11 Oct. 2017 The earth’s solid iron core is hot enough to demagnetize iron and its alloys. Katie Nodjimbadem, Smithsonian, "How Does Earth’s Geomagnetic Field Work?," 29 June 2017 The earth’s solid iron core is hot enough to demagnetize iron and its alloys. Katie Nodjimbadem, Smithsonian, "How Does Earth’s Geomagnetic Field Work?," 25 May 2017

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First Known Use of demagnetize

1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Demagnetize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demagnetize. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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