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



Definition of magnetic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a magnetic substance

Other Words from magnetic


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 Working in public, his energy and charisma are magnetic, with people regularly stopping at his tent to discuss his glossy plants or shouting questions from their cars. Jeanette Marantosstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2022 At high enough temperatures, the bar magnets randomly point in different directions, but the material as a whole is not magnetic. New York Times, 5 July 2022 The sisters are loveable, the actors made the era's campiness work – better than most, including Buffy and new-age Charmed – and the villains and love interests are also magnetic. Amanda Ostuni,, 28 June 2022 The couple submitted a tape of themselves, and while Novian is more reserved and quiet, the casting director for the show found their energy together to be magnetic. Essence, 28 June 2022 The draw of the great American road trip is magnetic, one that has lured many a soul into leaving everyday life behind and chase the horizon. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 14 June 2022 Because aluminum is not magnetic, the carabiner won’t stick to the top of the magnet. Ben Demchak, Popular Mechanics, 3 June 2022 Richardson and Teague, meanwhile, are magnetic — and that’s saying something, since so much of their work is understated. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 18 May 2022 The magnetic kickstand cover can also be awkward to handle. Wired, 11 July 2022 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, 7 Feb. 2020 Mars once had a protective magnetic shield like Earth does. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 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, 20 Feb. 2020 The performance was classic Lizzo: high-energy, magnetic, and just so fun. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 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, 20 Jan. 2020 His magnetic, easy-going, fun-loving personality, electric smile and thoughtful answers add to the attraction. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 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, 11 Aug. 2019 Mesmer applied this same magnetic therapy to Österlin and pronounced her cured. National Geographic, 5 Mar. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of magnetic


1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1655, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for magnetic


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


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



Medical Definition of magnetic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a magnetic substance

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