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

Torres and Ciangherotti are magnetic, and Velasco is a treat as the bubbly Renaldo. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, "Off-Kilter Humor on “Los Espookys” and “Alternatino”," 1 July 2019 An employee at Northshore Medical Offices in the 1500 block of Sheridan Road reported June 18 that the magnetic card reader for the exterior entry door was damaged and forcibly removed from its mount. chicagotribune.com, "Blotter: Man charged with burglary at Wilmette Starbucks," 25 June 2019 His magnetic talent could land a second star, one who could drive the Knicks toward respectability in what essentially boils down to Durant’s year. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Five Big Questions Surrounding Kevin Durant's NBA Free Agency," 24 June 2019 Mercury, your personal planet of inner growth, leaves the introspective sign of Cancer on Wednesday and makes his way into magnetic Leo. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 23 June 2019 Page also suggests childproof magnetic locks on cabinets. Deforest Mapp, USA TODAY, "How to make your home safe for baby," 19 June 2019 The device stimulates damaged nerves with magnetic pulses, re-enabling the nerves to manage pain. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sorrento Valley startup raises $3M following pitch competition win — all from local investors," 18 June 2019 Material wells up over a magnetic disturbance and creates a pimple-like formation. Dean Regas, Cincinnati.com, "Meet the storm in the sky that would engulf Earth if it weren’t 93 million miles away," 13 June 2019 Currently, most of the New York Subway turnstiles only accept the MetroCard a thin, single-purpose, magnetic-striped piece of plastic. Daniel Wolfe, Quartz, "How much free NYC subway rides will cost Mastercard," 8 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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