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 \ -​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

But the biggest news is the hinge, which doubles as magnetic pen storage. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Dell's Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition laptops save you from lost pens and hot panels," 8 Jan. 2019 Many have argued that this summer’s sunny glow in Atlantic City is stronger than in years past, especially with the magnetic force of nearly 40 new eating venues between the two casinos. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Atlantic City restaurants: New casinos, diverse independent spots create rising culinary energy," 6 July 2018 Robin describes feeling a magnetic pull toward Mickey. Lisa Bonos, chicagotribune.com, "Don't think Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson will make it? Meet 4 couples who got engaged quickly," 23 June 2018 Included are a map puzzle and checkers, and a magnetic board and slate for imaginative fun. Jamie Wiebe, House Beautiful, "6 Make-It-Yourself Games To Beat The Winter Doldrums," 9 Jan. 2015 The objects address everyday routines, such as a shirt with magnetic closures and a spoon that scoops up food so that people with hand tremors don’t spill. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "The surprising ways design can help people with disabilities," 27 May 2018 The even bigger news for lash lovers: Reusable magnetic fake lashes—which attach via a thin strip of magnets at the base instead of glue—have recently come on the scene. Ilise Carter, WSJ, "How Magnetic Lashes Became the Biggest Thing in Beauty," 4 Jan. 2019 Ted [Allen], my predecessor and mentor, has a massive magnetic strip with all of his knives displayed proudly, and that’s 100 percent me. Vogue, "Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski on his Dream Kitchen—And Why Ample Counter Space, a Massive Butcher Block, and “the Biggest Fridge Ever” Are Musts," 9 Nov. 2018 The field measured out to 1,200 teslas, a unit of magnetic measurement. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Create Ultra-Powerful Magnetic Field, Immediately Blows Up," 27 Sep. 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 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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