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

Examples of electromagnetic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By using electromagnetic frequencies above 95 Gigahertz, future cellphones will be able to use massive channel bandwidths and highly directional antennas that allow excellent coverage and enable new applications. CNN, "Think 5G is exciting? Just wait for 6G," 10 Feb. 2020 Air defenders must rely on other things, such identifying radar and other electromagnetic signals emanating from the target, to discern whether the blob is an enemy fighter, bomber, or even a commercial civilian aircraft. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How Quantum Radar Could Completely Change Warfare," 26 Aug. 2019 Astronomers had never seen such a show before, but now LIGO was telling them where to look, which sent teams of researchers like Berger’s scurrying to capture the immediate aftermath of the collision across the full range of electromagnetic signals. Quanta Magazine, "Neutron-Star Collision Shakes Space-Time and Lights Up the Sky," 16 Oct. 2017 The nitrogen vacancy centers, primed by the electromagnetic coils, responded by emitting red light at a brightness that depended on the sample’s magnetism. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Diamond microscope reveals slow crawl of Earth’s ancient crust," 22 Apr. 2020 How railguns work Railguns use electromagnetic energy, rather than gunpowder, to sling a projectile. Popular Science, "Looks like China just installed a railgun on a warship, beating the U.S. Navy to the punch," 1 Feb. 2018 Mike offers Jimmy a space blanket — the same totem the late Chuck (Michael McKean) used to hold off electromagnetic modernity. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Better Call Saul goes Bad in a stunning survival tale," 7 Apr. 2020 Japan is also bolstering its defense role under its alliance with the U.S. and is launching a space unit and measures against cyber and electromagnetic attacks. Washington Post, "Japan sees NKorea missile, China space activity as threat," 27 Sep. 2019 The heating coils are powered by electromagnetic energy that's only activated by the iron in cookware. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, "The Pros and Cons of Buying an Induction Stove or Cooktop," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of electromagnetic

1820, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of electromagnetic was in 1820

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20 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Electromagnetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electromagnetic. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for electromagnetic


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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