magnet

noun mag·net \ ˈmag-nət \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of magnet

1 a :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

Examples of magnet in a Sentence

  1. the giant theme park is a magnet for tourists to the area

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Origin and Etymology of magnet

Middle English magnete, from Anglo-French, from Latin magnet-, magnes, from Greek magnēs (lithos), literally, stone of Magnesia, ancient city in Asia Minor


magnet-

combining form
variants: or magneto-

Definition of magnet-

1 :magnetic force
  • magnetometer
2 :magnetism :magnetic
  • magnetoelectric
  • magneton
3 :magnetoelectric
  • magnetoresistance
4 :magnetosphere
  • magnetopause

Origin and Etymology of magnet-

Latin magnet-, magnes



MAGNET Defined for English Language Learners

magnet

noun

Definition of magnet for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

magnet

noun mag·net \ ˈmag-nət \

Definition of magnet for Students

:a piece of material (as of iron, steel, or alloy) that is able to attract iron

Medical Dictionary

magnet

noun mag·net \ ˈmag-nət \

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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