magnetic

adjective
mag·​net·​ic | \ mag-ˈne-tik How to pronounce magnetic (audio) \

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 \ mag-​ˈne-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce magnetically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of magnetic in a Sentence

Adjective a cult leader who attracted followers with his magnetic gaze
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Fortunately, Devi is a compelling lead: Though the character often alienates the people around her, Ramakrishnan plays her with a magnetic warmth, balancing a surplus of angst with an undeniable charisma. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Secret Lives of Teenage Sidekicks," 26 May 2020 The older brother in the novel, Mordecai, is wily, selfish, self-made, and self-destructive—a magnetic figure who, after years of hard drinking, gets in a motorcycle accident and ends up in a wheelchair, cared for by his siblings. Ariel Levy, The New Yorker, "Lionel Shriver Is Looking for Trouble," 25 May 2020 Furthermore, NDEs do not strike when the individual is lying inside a magnetic scanner or has his or her scalp covered by a net of electrodes. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about the Brain," 19 May 2020 The feeder features a magnetic door that dogs push open. Popular Science, "Reliable pet feeders for when you can’t make it home in time for dinner," 15 May 2020 Other companies are producing wireless-recharging systems which use various forms of magnetic-resonance induction. The Economist, "Cutting the cord Wireless charging of electric cars looks increasingly promising," 14 May 2020 By February 2010 the cranes at Pier 2 also had some company on the other side of the river: Three new magnetic cranes at the new Pinto Island Steel Terminal, built to serve one of the biggest industrial projects ever built in coastal Alabama. al, "They’re scrap now, but these cranes heralded boom times at Port of Mobile," 8 May 2020 The radio waves disrupt the magnetic islands that form and disrupt the plasma flow, and temperature magnifies the stabilizing effect. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Radio Wave Breakthrough Helps Stabilize Fusion Reactions," 7 May 2020 Other options include the Z51 package ($5,000), magnetic selective ride control ($1,895), red calipers ($595), 19-inch front/20-inch rear run-flat tires with upgraded wheels ($1,495), GT2 upgraded seats ($1,495) and red seat belts ($395). Dallas News, "2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray turns all heads," 7 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mars once had a protective magnetic shield like Earth does. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Mars Sure Is Quakin'," 25 Feb. 2020 The Pro Trek also uses a proprietary magnetic charging cord, which is cool—just don’t lose it. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "The Survival Gear You Want When Things Go Wrong in the Backcountry," 20 Feb. 2020 The performance was classic Lizzo: high-energy, magnetic, and just so fun. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lizzo’s Performance at the Grammys 2020 Is All You Need to See Right Now," 27 Jan. 2020 The students can keep their phones with them but can’t access them without a special magnetic unlocking mechanism. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "Schools Took Away Students’ Phones. Now They’re Treating Separation Anxiety," 20 Jan. 2020 His magnetic, easy-going, fun-loving personality, electric smile and thoughtful answers add to the attraction. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Zion Williamson's knee injury deflates Pelicans, NBA season before it begins," 21 Oct. 2019 To put the whole picture together, the researchers also compiled a handful of existing magnetic records based on seafloor sediment cores and ice cores. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "The last magnetic pole flip saw 22,000 years of weirdness," 11 Aug. 2019 Mesmer applied this same magnetic therapy to Österlin and pronounced her cured. National Geographic, "Was this hypnotic health craze an elaborate hoax or a medical breakthrough?," 5 Mar. 2019 But Gorbacheva is a free spirit, magnetic with a frenetic, open energy. Vogue, "Irina Gorbacheva Is Breaking the Mold of What It Means to Be a Russian Actress," 18 Mar. 2019

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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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The first known use of magnetic was in 1611

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31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Magnetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnetic. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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magnetic

adjective
How to pronounce magnetic (audio)

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 How to pronounce magnetic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce magnetic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce magnetically (audio) \ adverb

magnetic

noun

Medical Definition of magnetic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a magnetic substance

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