electromagnetism

noun
elec·tro·mag·ne·tism | \i-ˌlek-trō-ˈmag-nə-ˌti-zəm \

Definition of electromagnetism 

1 : magnetism developed by a current of electricity

2a : a fundamental physical force that is responsible for interactions between charged particles which occur because of their charge and for the emission and absorption of photons, that is about a hundredth the strength of the strong force, and that extends over infinite distances but is dominant over atomic and molecular distances

called also electromagnetic force

— compare gravity sense 3a(2), strong force, weak force

b : a branch of physical science that deals with the physical relations between electricity and magnetism

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His attention shifted to trying to unify his version of gravity with electromagnetism. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Gravitational waves and the slow pace of scientific revolutions," 30 June 2018 It was left to Michael Faraday, in the first half of the 19th century, to define the modern understanding of electromagnetism. Charles R. Morris, WSJ, "‘Energy’ Review: The Path to Power," 21 June 2018 The firm formerly known as Dong, for Danish Oil and Natural Gas, is now Ørsted, a big wind firm named after the founder of electromagnetism. The Economist, "Royal Dutch Shell and Total flirt with becoming utilities," 28 Mar. 2018 Soon after developing general relativity, Einstein began to wonder if there might be a wave associated with gravity as there is with electromagnetism. NBC News, "Einstein made his share of errors. Here are three of the biggest," 14 Mar. 2018 Electric guitars work because of electromagnetism: The pickups on a guitar, which are transducers, receive the mechanical vibrations of the strings and turn them into an electric current. Rachel Z. Arndt, Popular Mechanics, "Play Guitar Through Your Computer Speakers," 16 Sep. 2013 Mr Manning says the industry is also looking for ways to shield equipment from electromagnetism, for example by using Faraday cages, metallic structures that block radio waves, to render the threat less effective. The Economist, "HEMP-induced anxietyAmerica’s utilities prepare for a nuclear threat to the grid," 9 Sep. 2017 The team hopes to use microfluidics (differences in either liquid or air pressure) or electromagnetism (interactions of electric currents and magnetic fields) to move the pins. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "This Device Translates Text To Braille in Real Time," 8 May 2017 In fact, under Maxwell's equations, which originally defined electromagnetism, light can't scatter off itself. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers may have devised a sensitive test for new particles," 14 Aug. 2017

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1821, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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electromagnetism

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English Language Learners Definition of electromagnetism

: a magnetic field that is produced by a current of electricity

electromagnetism

noun
elec·tro·mag·ne·tism | \i-ˌlek-trō-ˈmag-nə-ˌtiz-əm \

Medical Definition of electromagnetism 

1 : magnetism developed by a current of electricity

2 : physics dealing with the relations between electricity and magnetism

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