magnetic

adjective
mag·​net·​ic | \mag-ˈne-tik \

Definition of magnetic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : possessing an extraordinary power or ability to attract a magnetic personality

2a : of or relating to a magnet or to magnetism

b : of, relating to, or characterized by the earth's magnetism

c : magnetized or capable of being magnetized

d : actuated by magnetic attraction

magnetic

noun

Definition of magnetic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a magnetic substance

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Other Words from magnetic

Adjective

magnetically \-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Examples of magnetic in a Sentence

Adjective

a cult leader who attracted followers with his magnetic gaze

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

D’Onofrio’s take on Fisk remains a highlight of the Netflix show, offering a compelling version of the character whose magnetic personality often overshadowed the show’s ostensible protagonist. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "The new Daredevil trailer reminds you that Vincent D’Onofrio’s Fisk is perfect," 28 Sep. 2018 The counters on the Fremont Bridge, the Elliott Bay Trail, the Burke-Gilman Trail, Second Avenue and the Spokane Street Bridge use induction loops — circles of magnetic wire in the ground — to detect metal passing over them. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "What we can learn from Seattle’s bike-counter data," 19 Aug. 2018 Denis and the magnetic Binoche convey Isabelle’s yearning sensuality and disappointment with perception, humor, and poignancy. Loren King, BostonGlobe.com, "At the MFA, it’s time for the Boston French Film Festival," 5 July 2018 There are other possible explanations for this acceleration, like magnetic interaction with the solar wind, pressure from solar radiation, and forces of drag and friction. Chelsea Gohd, Space.com, "Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua Is a Comet After All," 27 June 2018 Brown had been a magnetic figure even within the confines of New Edition, and his persona seemed prime for a solo breakthrough. Stereo Williams, Billboard, "New Jack Summer: In June '88, Bobby Brown, Teddy Riley & New Edition Announced the Arrival of R&B's New School," 20 June 2018 Cressida and Isabella have the same mother, the same blonde hair, and the same magnetic pull on the men of the royal family. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Who Is Isabella Calthorpe? What You Need to Know About Prince William's Rumored Former Crush," 23 Sep. 2018 In the last year alone, she's emerged as one of the most exciting young talents in Hollywood, thanks to magnetic performances in films like Thor: Ragnarok and Annihilation. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Tessa Thompson Will Reportedly Voice Lady in Disney's "Lady and the Tramp" Remake," 14 Aug. 2018 The magnetic building blocks are loved by parents and kids alike. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Those Super-Expensive Magformers Are 50% Off on Amazon Right Now," 9 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Clarke is a pioneer in developing sensitive magnetic detectors called superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs). Douglas Messier, Space.com, "Super-Sensitive Device Seeks Axions, Proposed Dark Matter Particles," 2 July 2018 Having a gun or other metal object near an MRI machine, which has a powerful magnetic bore, has led to other gun discharges elsewhere. Indianapolis Star, "6 times someone accidentally fired a gun in public in Indiana," 27 June 2018 The park was all the things it was supposed to be—fun and magnetic, a place to dream on. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Summers Past: Inside an Eerie Abandoned Water Park in Vietnam," 6 June 2018 At the fifth annual Village Fête held at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Lonsdale—who grew up on a commune in New Mexico, and makes a living traveling, photographing, and interpreting people’s electro-magnetic auras—was on the job. H.w. Vail, Vanities, "“Do the Doable“: At the Pioneer Works Village Fête, Werner Herzog’s Inscrutable Advice Is Only the Beginning," 23 Apr. 2018 Dom McLennon had the fastest flow, Matt Champion's tone was the most unhinged and Ameer Vann had a deep, booming voice that made every word magnetic. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Review: Brockhampton blows up the boy band formula at wild Rave show in Milwaukee," 17 Feb. 2018 For $139, surely a higher-quality magnetic clip could have been found to close the top of the bag. Adrienne So, WIRED, "Review: Timbuk2 Lug Knapsack," 1 Nov. 2017 The MDNA Skin Chrome Clay Mask incorporates the magnetic, mineral-rich clay mask Madonna had developed especially for her. Amber Katz, Marie Claire, "Madonna's Derm Spills Her Glow-y Skin Secrets," 26 Sep. 2017 The lipsticks and their cool magnetic caps are quite literally flying off of shelves—more than 768 Audacious lipstick are sold every day. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watching NARS Lipstick Get Made Is Strangely Mesmerizing," 20 July 2017

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First Known Use of magnetic

Adjective

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1655, in the meaning defined above

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magnetic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of magnetic

: of or relating to a magnet or magnetism

: having great power to attract and hold the interest of other people

magnetic

adjective
mag·​net·​ic | \mag-ˈne-tik \

Kids Definition of magnetic

1 : acting like a magnet

2 : of or relating to the earth's magnetic field

3 : having a great power to attract people a magnetic personality

magnetic

adjective
mag·​net·​ic | \mag-ˈnet-ik \

Medical Definition of magnetic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to a magnet or to magnetism

2 : of, relating to, or characterized by the earth's magnetism

3 : magnetized or capable of being magnetized

4 : actuated by magnetic attraction

Other Words from magnetic

magnetically \-​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

magnetic

noun

Medical Definition of magnetic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a magnetic substance

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