magnet

noun
mag·​net | \ ˈmag-nət How to pronounce magnet (audio) \

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

Synonyms for magnet

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of magnet in a Sentence

Noun the giant theme park is a magnet for tourists to the area
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Powerful magnet part of research aimed at someday making commercial fusion power plants a reality. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Jan. 2022 Everyone who donates $25.00 or more will get this #DottiesYard magnet! Glenn Rowley, Billboard, 18 Jan. 2022 But the photons scanners in use won’t hurt a hard drive (though a big magnet could, so don’t take your laptop into an MRI machine). Eric Griffith, PCMAG, 18 Jan. 2022 Everyone who donates $25.00 or more will get this #DottiesYard magnet! Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, 18 Jan. 2022 The hotel brands have long been a big magnet for buyers who want a place with services ranging from spas to golf to high-end restaurants and recreation on the water. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, 16 Jan. 2022 The colorful red buckwheat is a magnet for butterflies as well traveled as you. Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2022 We are blessed to be a magnet for America’s veterans. The Arizona Republic, 10 Jan. 2022 With two ice sheets and 2,500 seats, the Ion has become a magnet for figure skating, ice dancing and hockey. Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2022

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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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The first known use of magnet was in the 15th century

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22 Jan 2022

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“Magnet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnet. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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magnet

noun

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 How to pronounce magnet (audio) \

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 How to pronounce magnet (audio) \

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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