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 magnetic (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 Experts say a magnetic reaction as a vaccine side effect is completely unfounded. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, "Fact check: COVID-19 vaccines don't cause magnetic reactions or contain tracking devices," 13 May 2021 The straw shoulder bag is designed with a natural color palette, seasonal stripes and a magnetic closure clasp. Samantha Costantino, Forbes, "10 Of The Chicest Beach Bags For Summer Style," 11 May 2021 Biologists have long believed that these animals rely on magnetic sensing to migrate across oceans. Sara Harrison, Wired, "Sharks Use the Earth’s Magnetic Field Like a Compass," 6 May 2021 With magnetic navigation now demonstrated in so many animals, Winklhofer wants researchers to figure out the underlying mechanism. Nikk Ogasa, Science | AAAS, "Sharks use Earth’s magnetic field to navigate the seas," 6 May 2021 The north and south poles have opposing magnetic signatures and invisible lines of magnetism arc between them. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "New Evidence Suggests Sharks Use Earth’s Magnetic Field to Navigate," 6 May 2021 Modak, in a quietly magnetic screen debut, gradually brings Sharad into focus. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘The Disciple’ is already one of the year’s best movies. Does Netflix know — or care?," 5 May 2021 There are cake baking papers, two steamer baskets, a steamer rack, a non-stick springform pan, an egg rack, an egg bites mold, kitchen tongs, dish plate clip, two oven mitts, three magnetic cheat sheets and more. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Accessories for Instant Pots," 4 May 2021 The Charles Atlas bodybuilding ads in her comic books are magnetic to her. James Parker, The Atlantic, "Alison Bechdel’s Spiritual Sprint," 3 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The main wreckage was about 127 feet from the impact crater along a 347⁰ true bearing (335⁰ magnetic) and consisted of the empennage/tailboom, both engines, avionics boxes, and portions of the cockpit instrument panel. New York Times, "Read the Preliminary N.T.S.B. Report About the Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash," 7 Feb. 2020 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

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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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16 May 2021

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“Magnetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnetic. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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 magnetic (audio) \ adverb

magnetic

noun

Medical Definition of magnetic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a magnetic substance

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