magnet

noun
mag·net | \ ˈmag-nət \

Definition of magnet 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : lodestone

b : a body having the property of attracting iron and producing a magnetic field external to itself specifically : a mass of iron, steel, or alloy that has this property artificially imparted

2 : something that attracts a box-office magnet

magnet-

combining form
variants: or magneto-

Definition of magnet- (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : magnetic force magnetometer

2 : magnetism : magnetic magnetoelectric magneton

3 : magnetoelectric magnetoresistance

4 : magnetosphere magnetopause

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Synonyms for magnet

Synonyms: Noun

attraction, draw, lodestone (also loadstone)

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Examples of magnet in a Sentence

Noun

the giant theme park is a magnet for tourists to the area

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Yes, the North Pole of the Earth is the south pole of the Earth's magnet. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Can Your Electronic Gadgets Interfere With Your Compass?," 10 July 2018 The state is beginning construction of two offices on O Street, and de la Vergne said his organization wants to plant the idea that those buildings should be designed to make the street more of a magnet, possibly with ground-floor retail. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "This may be downtown Sacramento's most boring corridor. Would a facelift change that?," 27 June 2018 The home was put on the market last year after Rockefeller, grandson of industrial magnet John D. Rockefeller and onetime CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank, died at the age of 101. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Clinton Cash: Confidant revealed as buyer of $20M Rockefeller home," 16 Apr. 2018 In our age of endless reproduction, Van Gogh’s sunflowers emit a strong smell of plastic fridge magnet. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "A new show of French garden art at the Met explores the politics of verdant leisure spaces.," 13 Apr. 2018 This is to avoid the (very minimal) chance of the magnet affecting the metal in the IUD. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s What to Expect Before, During, and After an MRI," 15 Mar. 2018 But local officials have had tense discussions with their federal counterparts about aid, expressing concern that providing humanitarian assistance could make Roraima even more of a magnet for migrants. Joe Parkin Daniels, New York Times, "In Colombia Border Town, Desperate Venezuelans Sell Hair to Survive," 17 Feb. 2018 But local officials have had tense discussions with their federal counterparts about aid, expressing concern that providing humanitarian assistance could make Roraima even more of a magnet for migrants. Joe Parkin Daniels, The Seattle Times, "In Colombia border town, desperate Venezuelans sell hair to survive," 17 Feb. 2018 The momentum of the magnet is converted into electrical current. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Explaining Copper's Bizarre Reaction to Strong Magnets," 27 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of magnet

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for magnet

Noun

Middle English magnete, from Anglo-French, from Latin magnet-, magnes, from Greek magnēs (lithos), literally, stone of Magnesia, ancient city in Asia Minor

Combining form

Latin magnet-, magnes

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magnet

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English Language Learners Definition of magnet

: a piece of material (such as iron or steel) that is able to attract certain metals

: something or someone that attracts people or things

magnet

noun
mag·net | \ ˈmag-nət \

Kids Definition of magnet

: a piece of material (as of iron, steel, or alloy) that is able to attract iron

magnet

noun
mag·net | \ ˈmag-nət \

Medical Definition of magnet 

: a body having the property of attracting iron and producing a magnetic field external to itself specifically : a mass of iron, steel, or alloy that has this property artificially imparted

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