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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Through the hotel’s refurbished pub, the Wirths hope to make the Fife Arms a magnet for the community. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "A New Hotel From the Hauser & Wirth Art Dealers," 3 Dec. 2018 The gift bag at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding featured trinkets such as a magnet and a large chocolate coin, and one bag was even re-sold on eBay for $28,500. Temi Adebowale, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside the Gift Bags Every Guest Will Get at Princess Eugenie’s Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 The Motley Fool thinks that Amazon will target upscale areas, and, lacking gas as a customer magnet, will need to make up the difference with higher quality, high-margin food. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon is coming for the small corner store," 2 Oct. 2018 Near my home is a grass triangle of land that serves as a magnet for detritus. Bill Torpy, ajc, "Torpy at Large: Any excuse given for littering is garbage," 6 July 2018 Such openness stems from Catalonia’s location, on the Mediterranean Sea and along the Pyrenees mountains, and its history as a magnet for migrants and invading armies. Elaine Heinzman, Smithsonian, "How Soup Nourishes Barcelona’s Tradition of Welcoming Immigrants," 30 June 2018 Meanwhile another venom protein, disintegrin, acted as a magnet to my platelets and fibrinogen, molecular components that help blood clot. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 2018 Directors of classic Hollywood movies knew how useful a beautiful woman could be as a magnet for our fantasies and fears. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "Melania’s Recent Behavior Is Right Out of Hitchcock," 11 June 2018 San Francisco’s Union Square neighborhood has long served as a magnet for tourists and weekend warriors, with its luxury retailers, chain restaurants and gaudy entertainment options. Aidin Vaziri, SFChronicle.com, "August Hall offers locals a new music venue in Union Square," 4 June 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

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 \

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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