elec·​tro·​mag·​net·​ic | \ i-ˌlek-trō-mag-ˈne-tik How to pronounce electromagnetic (audio) \

Definition of electromagnetic

: of, relating to, or produced by electromagnetism

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electromagnetically \ i-​ˌlek-​trō-​mag-​ˈne-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce electromagnetically (audio) \ adverb

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To conduct a preliminary Google search is to be inundated with academic papers by electromagnetic scientists and vague theories from armchair experts. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Will Blue Make You Psychic? Can Yellow Detox Your Mind? A Color Therapist Weighs in on Fall 2019’s Color Trends," 4 Apr. 2019 Russian scientists believe that the Egyptian pyramids are designed to harness electromagnetic energy within their internal chambers and pathways. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: We’re on a bullet train toward 3D-printed guns," 1 Aug. 2018 Between enormous energy requirements, and non-explosive shells that offer limited in-air guidance, electromagnetic weapons are proving a bit unpractical compared to some of the conventional alternatives. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Watch the Navy's Railgun Fire From Every Angle," 21 Mar. 2017 Railguns, electromagnetic cannon able to fire projectiles at incredibly speeds, have been seen as the next big thing for naval warfare. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need to Know About the South China Sea, the World's Next Hot Spot," 27 Feb. 2019 Now Longjiang-2 orbits the moon by its lonesome, testing out future radio astronomy and interferometry techniques (studying what happens when light, radio, electromagnetic, and various other types of waves are met with interference). David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Chinese Satellite Nabs Stunning Moon-Earth Shot," 6 Feb. 2019 This framework weds three of nature’s fundamental forces — the strong, the weak and the electromagnetic — into a single entity. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 These weapons use electricity to generate very strong electromagnetic fields between two rails. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China’s Railgun Has Reportedly Gone to Sea," 31 Dec. 2018 Then they are separated according to mass by accelerating them and applying electromagnetic fields, then measuring the degree of deflection. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study brings us one step closer to solving 1994 thallium poisoning case," 25 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of electromagnetic

1820, in the meaning defined above

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elec·​tro·​mag·​net·​ic | \ i-ˌlek-trō-mag-ˈne-tik How to pronounce electromagnetic (audio) \

Kids Definition of electromagnetic

: of or relating to a magnetic field produced by an electric current


elec·​tro·​mag·​net·​ic | \ -mag-ˈnet-ik How to pronounce electromagnetic (audio) \

Medical Definition of electromagnetic

: of, relating to, or produced by electromagnetism

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electromagnetically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce electromagnetically (audio) \ adverb

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