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 Researchers have speculated that the current weakening of the magnetic field is a sign that Earth is heading for an eminent pole reversal—in which the north and south magnetic poles switch places. Fox News, "Earth’s magnetic field weakens, impacting satellites and spacecraft: report," 22 May 2020 While on a sledge excursion, the young Ross became the first European to locate the planet’s north magnetic pole. National Geographic, "Arctic obsession drove explorers to seek the North Pole," 24 Jan. 2020 In recent years, Earth’s shifting magnetic poles have been picking up the pace. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "How Do Magnets Work?," 7 Dec. 2019 Adjusting the current fed to each set can create similar magnetic poles facing each other in the stator and rotor. National Geographic, "Edison and Tesla's cutthroat 'Current War' ushered in the electric age," 27 Sep. 2019 During this stunningly chaotic time, detailed in a recent publication in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, the planet experienced 26 magnetic pole reversals every million years—more than five times the rate seen in the last 10 million years. National Geographic, "Earth's magnetic field flips much more frequently than we thought," 2 Oct. 2019 Lab setups are simple, with positive and negative magnetic poles that pull cells toward one end of a dish or the other. Sara Reardon, Science | AAAS, "Watch scientists use electricity to herd skin cells, like sheep," 14 Jan. 2020 The show is best in an oval region that surrounds earth’s magnetic poles at high latitudes. David Wolman, Outside Online, "The Man Who Chases Auroras to Push Away Darkness," 6 Jan. 2020 The magnetic poles always drift and have even switched completely many times in history. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Magnetic North Pole Changes Time Zones, Just Keeps Drifting," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of magnetic pole

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Magnetic pole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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

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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

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