elec·​tro·​mag·​net·​ic | \ i-ˌlek-trō-mag-ˈne-tik \

Definition of electromagnetic

: of, relating to, or produced by electromagnetism

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Other Words from electromagnetic

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

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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 One will measure the electromagnetic fields surrounding the New Shepard vehicle during flight, while another will test out how to measure rocket fuel in microgravity. Loren Grush, The Verge, "How to watch four rocket launches on a banner day for the space industry," 18 Dec. 2018 Since these vehicles will be on the Moon’s far side, they’ll be shielded from much of the electromagnetic interference from Earth and don’t have to deal with our planet’s atmosphere. Loren Grush, The Verge, "This weekend, China embarks on a historic mission to land on the far side of the Moon," 6 Dec. 2018 One plan calls for a swarm of 50 small satellites to orbit together on the far side of the moon, shielded from Earth’s electromagnetic interference, as a radio telescope mapping signals from the instant after the Big Bang. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Headed to Mars: A Big Experiment in Tiny Satellites," 22 Nov. 2018 Like the Omen Obelisk, Acer includes plenty of windows, but Acer builds in a metallic cage to help reduce electromagnetic interference. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Acer, Alienware, and HP have all announced desktops with GeForce RTX," 20 Aug. 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 \

Kids Definition of electromagnetic

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


elec·​tro·​mag·​net·​ic | \ -mag-ˈnet-ik \

Medical Definition of electromagnetic

: of, relating to, or produced by electromagnetism

Other Words from electromagnetic

electromagnetically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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