magnetic pole

noun

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

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1701


MAGNETIC POLE Defined for English Language Learners

magnetic pole

noun

Definition of magnetic pole for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

magnetic pole

noun

Definition of magnetic pole for Students

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

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