magnet

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

Definition of magnet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
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

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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 Utah’s lax regulation and clean image seem to have made the state a magnet for the teen help industry. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Robert Gehrke: Utah should take these steps to protect kids in residential treatment programs," 25 Nov. 2020 Show off the object of your affection with a magnet on the fridge designed to look just like your cat. Christina Vercelletto, CNN Underscored, "41 gifts for pets and the people who love them," 20 Nov. 2020 Swallowing more than one powerful magnet can lead the objects to attract each other inside the intestines, which can puncture holes inside the abdomen that may lead to blood poisoning. Wilson Wong, NBC News, "New Jersey boy who swallowed toy magnets needed surgery for holes in intestines," 19 Nov. 2020 Leonardi most recently taught at Nova High in Davie, while Hixon recently stepped down as the magnet coordinator at South Broward High in Hollywood. Scott Travis, sun-sentinel.com, "New School Board members could put focus on safety and teacher raises," 16 Nov. 2020 That included exploring ways to expand access to magnet and choice schools to underrepresented students. Talia Richman, Dallas News, "Which Texas schools are ‘pandemic proof?’ New ranking gives insight," 15 Nov. 2020 Cut 2 small squares from glitter paper for every magnet. Kristin Koch, Seventeen, "13 Ridiculously Awesome DIY Gifts for Your BFFs," 9 Nov. 2020 Administrators and principals from four other charter and magnet schools in the state also earn more annually. Andrew Canulette, NOLA.com, "Frank Jabbia gets 4-year, $215,000 annual contract as new St. Tammany schools chief," 6 Nov. 2020 Hixon currently serves as South Broward's maritime/marine science and technology magnet coordinator. Amir Vera And Rebekah Riess, CNN, "Widow of Florida school shooting victim wins school board seat in Parkland election," 4 Nov. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for magnet

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

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29 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Magnet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnet. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for magnet

magnet

noun
How to pronounce magnet- (audio)

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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