magnetic pole


Definition of magnetic pole

1 : either of two small regions which are located respectively in the polar areas of the northern and southern hemispheres and toward which a compass needle points from any direction throughout adjacent regions also : either of two comparable regions on a celestial body
2 : either of the poles of a magnet

Examples of magnetic pole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Astronomers can see pulsars only because electromagnetic radiation, especially radio waves, streams from their magnetic poles. Sarah Scoles, Discover Magazine, "Getting to Know Pulsars, the Lighthouses of the Cosmos," 12 June 2019 On this same expedition to Antarctica, a second team that included Australians Edgeworth David and Douglas Mawson reached the south magnetic pole. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "In 'To the Edges of the Earth,’ a look at the people who pushed human exploration to its limits," 22 June 2019 Aurorae appear when energetic particles in space slide down Earth’s magnetic field lines, which stretch out of the planet’s magnetic poles like a colossal fishing net. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "Steve the odd 'aurora' revealed to be two sky shows in one," 3 May 2019 Starting in 2016, a geomagnetic pulse in South America sent magnetic pole lurching in an unexpected trajectory. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Government Shutdown Is Messing with North," 15 Jan. 2019 The magnetosphere is a cavity in space created by the solar wind generated by Saturn's magnetic poles. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Saturn's Rings Rain Methane Down on Planet," 16 Oct. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'magnetic pole.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of magnetic pole

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about magnetic pole

Statistics for magnetic pole

Last Updated

20 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for magnetic pole

The first known use of magnetic pole was in 1701

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for magnetic pole

magnetic pole


English Language Learners Definition of magnetic pole

: an area near either the North or South Pole of the Earth toward which the needle of a compass points
: either one of the two ends of a magnet

magnetic pole


Kids Definition of magnetic pole

1 : either of the poles of a magnet
2 : either of two small regions of the earth which are located near the north and south poles and toward which a compass needle points

More from Merriam-Webster on magnetic pole

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with magnetic pole Encyclopedia article about magnetic pole

Comments on magnetic pole

What made you want to look up magnetic pole? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


something desired as essential

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!