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

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Another part of the appeal is undeniably the show’s magnetic young leads, Aubrey Joseph (Cloak) and Olivia Holt (Dagger). Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Cloak & Dagger's Olivia Holt Says She Will Stop Acting After Season Two," 18 Apr. 2019 The back of the Wingman case works with magnetic phone mounts to keep your phone handy. Jim Rossman, The Seattle Times, "Cases and mounts aim to keep your phone protected and close at hand," 29 Mar. 2019 To overcome this, the magnetic drum is located above a conveyor that's on a vibrating platform. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 Until then, all existing fare instruments, including magnetic stripe passes and paper tickets, will remain available for purchase, SEPTA said. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "SEPTA set to begin rollout of Key Card Regional Rail passes," 28 June 2018 With her rich yet keenly focused mezzo-soprano, Ms. Leonard makes a magnetic, complex heroine. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Marnie’ Review: A Thief’s Secrets," 22 Oct. 2018 All exterior doors have magnetic locks, which are stronger than conventional locks. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Strongsville schools lay out security plans, will not arm teachers," 27 Mar. 2018 The collection, now available at Barney's, includes a rose facial mist that Madonna keeps in her bag at all times along with a face wash, eye masks, eye and face serums, and a purifying magnetic clay mask with a vibrating removal wand. Lauren Hubbard, Harper's BAZAAR, "You Can Now Buy the Face Mask Madonna Uses on Her Butt," 26 Sep. 2017 With useful compartments like a side zipper pocket and a magnetic front pocket, this piece is perfect for everyday carry. Popular Mechanics, "Grab This High-Quality Leather Travel Bag at 15% Off," 29 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The EN700 Pro has a 10-millimeter driver in each earpiece with an N50 high magnetic composite moving-coil transducer with a polymer composite titanium-plated diaphragm. Jim Rossman, The Seattle Times, "Tech review: Simgot in-ear monitors offer great sound and a great price," 13 Apr. 2019 Magnetic north and magnetic south experienced a geomagnetic reversal, an event which marks the start of the Quaternary Period. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Exploding Stars Might Have Brought an End to the Prehistoric Megalodon," 14 Dec. 2018 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

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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 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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