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 The tiny magnet neutralizes EMF radiation when attached to a EMF-transmitting device — like a phone, laptop or baby monitor — through entrainment, the ad claims. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, "Fact check: A magnetic shield will not protect cellphone users from EMF radiation," 13 July 2020 For friends and family, the pool in your backyard is a magnet, the centerpiece of outdoor living, a place everybody will gravitate to. Dallas News, "‘Cool off’ with your own pool," 12 July 2020 The plastic cover is also a fingerprint magnet, lacking the oleophobic coating that typically comes on a more expensive device. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "The ~$100 tablet shootout—Amazon Fire 8 HD Plus vs. Walmart Onn 8 Tablet Pro," 2 July 2020 Lenz imagined a magnet as a lattice of little arrows, each pointing either up or down, representing atoms. Quanta Magazine, "The Cartoon Picture of Magnets That Has Transformed Science," 24 June 2020 Your warmth and affection act like a magnet, drawing companions your way. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 8 June 2020 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

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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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20 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Magnet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnet. Accessed 11 Aug. 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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