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

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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

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First Known Use of magnetic pole

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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