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

Walton is magnetic as Julian, Grady is an attractive Peggy, and Ruth Gottschall (another TV face!) is droll as songwriter Maggie Jones. John Timpane, Philly.com, "Bucks County's '42nd Street': From Allentown (!) to Broadway, with great song and dance," 8 July 2018 Soccer Mommy didn’t put on a fiery show, but Alison’s compelling confessionals, coolly sung over simple yet sticky guitar hooks, were magnetic. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The best of Summerfest Day 11: Cheap Trick, Anderson East, Boz Scaggs, Soccer Mommy & more," 8 July 2018 The pattern of geomagnetic flips that occurred between 1.26 million and 2.12 million years ago is recorded in the magnetic minerals locked in the sediments at Shangchen. Colin Barras, Scientific American, "Tools from China are Oldest Hint of Human Lineage Outside Africa," 11 July 2018 Known for his generosity, and magnetic personality, our hearts miss him dearly. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/7," 7 July 2018 He was said to have known all the prominent families in the city, though, thanks to what is described as a magnetic personality and unflagging kindness. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "The 'merchant prince' behind one of New Orleans' most iconic stores," 7 Apr. 2018 Maybe Lynch is protected by a magnetic force field created by Gatorade jugs. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "On quarterbacks, mascots and broadcasts," 7 Apr. 2018 To counteract interference from Earth’s magnetic field, researchers had to set up two large panels with magnetic coils on either side of the mask, limiting Boto’s range of motion. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "This wearable brain scanner could transform our understanding of how neurons ‘talk’," 21 Mar. 2018 Now, scientists have spied in those waves the spiraling signature of an extremely strong magnetic field, suggesting that the cosmic oddity exists in an intense galactic environment containing a powerfully magnetic source. National Geographic, "Mystery Radio Bursts From Space Just Got Even Weirder," 10 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Derin is magnetic, speaking with the fiery air of a revolutionary. Pesha Magid, Slate Magazine, "In a small city in Turkey, one group of queer singers is banding together against an increasingly authoritarian government.," 5 June 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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Phrases Related to magnetic

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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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