magnet

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noun

mag·​net ˈmag-nət How to pronounce magnet (audio)
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a
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
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: something that attracts
a box-office magnet

magnet-

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combining form

variants or magneto-
1
: magnetic force
magnetometer
2
: magnetism : magnetic
magnetoelectric
magneton
3
: magnetoelectric
magnetoresistance
4
: magnetosphere
magnetopause

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
Touch a magnet to its surface to test if your item is copper. Jan Soults Walker, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 July 2024 One of those locations, a magnet for complaints, closed its doors shortly after the project launched. Joe Mutascio, The Indianapolis Star, 10 July 2024 The property, which was once a magnet for celebrities such as Paul McCartney (who honeymooned here in 1969) and Greta Garbo, sits on a picture-perfect stretch of coastline on Central Eleuthera and boasts just 11 accommodations nestled on 12 lush acres. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 10 July 2024 This state is a magnet for hurricanes, dangling between two increasingly warm bodies of water that are continuing to rise. Scott Maxwell, Orlando Sentinel, 5 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for magnet 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Magnet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnet. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

magnet

noun
mag·​net ˈmag-nət How to pronounce magnet (audio)
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: a piece of some material (as the mineral iron oxide) that is able to attract iron
especially : a mass of iron or steel so treated that it has this property
2
: something that attracts
the magnet of fame

Medical Definition

magnet

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