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

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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

The vibrations give everything in the recycling stream a small boost toward the magnet, allowing it to latch on to the metal. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 Novelty Swiss cow and cowbell magnets on display at a souvenir shop in Lugano, Switzerland, in 2016. Brian Blackstone, WSJ, "Should Cows Have Horns? Switzerland Will Decide," 23 Nov. 2018 Her work has been a mainstay in gift shops for decades, printed on magnets, coasters, and cocktail napkins. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "We buy each other gifts with misanthropic slogans to forge a common bond," 9 Nov. 2018 The superstar model is a paparazzi magnet, with every move—and outfit—documented by media all over the world. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Is Ready to Rock the Vote," 5 Nov. 2018 The bags contain keepsakes such as an Order of Service for the royal wedding ceremony, a fridge magnet, a poncho in case of rain on the day, shortbread cookies, and chocolate coins. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gift Bags from Princess Eugenie's Wedding Are Selling for Less Than Meghan & Harry's $28,500 Record," 13 Oct. 2018 Help your teen or tween decorate a locker caddy with items like wallpaper, DIY magnets, carpets and pen holders cups. Nadine Jolie Courtney, Good Housekeeping, "10 Back to School DIY Projects Your Kids Will Love," 23 July 2018 At Carver Middle School in Delray Beach, which has an International Baccalaureate magnet, sixth-graders get iPads and an academic coach who is helping to integrate science and technology into the curriculum. Lois K. Solomon, Sun-Sentinel.com, "There's still room at magnet schools in Delray Beach and Boynton Beach," 2 July 2018 McGrath was able to transform her cluttered medicine cabinet into an organized paradise using only ceramic block magnets, floral fabric and Mod Podge. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Magnets Are the Organizing Hack Your Medicine Cabinets Have Been Waiting For," 19 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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The first known use of magnet was in the 15th century

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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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