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

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Launched in 2006, BuzzFeed was among the leaders of a group of digital upstarts that were adroit with social media and rode a wave of venture capital investment to become magnets for digital audiences. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "BuzzFeed to Cut 15% of Its Workforce," 23 Jan. 2019 The outside groups have also become magnets for Trump backers who were not brought into the administration, like Katrina Pierson and Trump daughter-in-law Lara Trump. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Ex-Trump aides often find a soft landing for staying quiet," 14 Aug. 2018 Like many cities across the country, the District has undergone a renaissance over the past generation as developers built or renovated housing in gentrifying areas that became magnets for young professionals. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "District government asks court to throw out $1 billion gentrification lawsuit," 2 July 2018 Another way to solve the heat problem is to increase a device’s magnetic field strength overall by using superconducting magnets, an approach being followed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Knighthood in hand, astrophysicist prepares to lead U.S. fusion lab," 19 June 2018 Instead, the team used magnets to levitate the pod, such as the ones found in Maglev trains like the Shanghai Transrapid. Alice Bonasio, Ars Technica, "Is it time to take the Hyperloop seriously?," 4 Mar. 2018 The two wrote software that used sensors to predict the movement, then used magnets to correct any unexpected or undesired movement. Bloomberg News, OregonLive.com, "How a 22-year-old discovered the worst computer chip flaws in history," 22 Jan. 2018 Putting this all together, a FEL is a long line of magnets. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Single-beam laser becomes multi-beam laser by kicking electrons," 5 Dec. 2018 Duke Ellington is a public magnet high school that requires nonresident tuition if students do not live within the city limits. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Access to Education for Black Children Proves Difficult for Their Parents, Creating a Disadvantage," 13 Mar. 2019

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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

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Latin magnet-, magnes

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

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magnet

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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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