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 On the other hand, I was jazzed to see last week’s First Offender Jeff Rackow back with more ink, and fellow noob Hannah Seidel, a runner-up last week, finally earning a magnet after a Fir Stink and a Loser Mug. Washington Post, "Style Conversational Week: Working out ‘gymgerly’," 2 July 2020 The bus, where McCandless stayed alone for more than 100 days until his death, was a magnet for travelers from around the world with differing levels of outdoor skill. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "State removes infamous ‘Into the Wild’ bus after years of hiker rescues and deaths," 19 June 2020 Aside from its convenient magnet closure and durable hardware, the soft crossbody-style wallet comes with an adjustable strap. Jayla Andrulonis, PEOPLE.com, "This Crossbody Wallet Is Big Enough to Hold All Your Essentials — Even Your Phone," 18 June 2020 Plus, the company has improved the gearbox of the front permanent-magnet synchronous reluctance motors. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Tesla Model S Breaks 400-Mile Range Barrier," 16 June 2020 Your happy thoughts act as a magnet to draw support from others. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 13 June 2020 Visitors can bring a magnet and drag it through the sand, which is a dark hue due to its rich iron content, to find that some of the minerals stick to it, as many of the particles, such as magnetite, are magnetic. Molly O'brien, Travel + Leisure, "Visit One of These 8 Western U.S. Destinations for a Taste of Traveling Abroad," 13 June 2020 Another 17 students are coming in on Mondays, said Deborah Ramirez, the school’s magnet coordinator. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio students return to high school classrooms — to practice for career exams," 9 June 2020 His brothers shared stories about the gentle nature of their 6-foot-4 brother, who despite his imposing size, was a magnet for friends. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "A moment of silence," 4 June 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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The first known use of magnet was in the 15th century

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8 Jul 2020

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“Magnet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnet. Accessed 13 Jul. 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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