magnetic pole

noun

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 Also, this eclipse will happen around the peak of the 11-year solar cycle—when the sun’s north and south magnetic poles flip—so more solar activity will be visible. Jenna Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 12 Feb. 2024 The current bevy of sunspots and the disappearance of magnetic poles suggest that solar maximum is either already upon us or fast approaching, says Madhulika Guhathakurta, a solar scientist at NASA. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 18 Jan. 2024 As a result, the star's rotation can sweep the poles across the line of sight to Earth, creating the perception of a flash of radio waves each time one of the magnetic poles aligns with Earth. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 19 July 2023 When these ions and electrons slam into Earth’s atmosphere, they’re drawn to the north and south magnetic poles. Stephanie Vermillion, Vogue, 11 Dec. 2023 This ever-changing, fluid process leads to a slightly variable magnetic field and, at times, results in an odd outcome: Every 300,000 years or so, Earth’s magnetic poles flip locations—the North Pole becomes the South Pole and vice versa. Maddie Bender, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Nov. 2023 Magnetic materials are often divided into domains in which the magnetic poles all point in the same direction. IEEE Spectrum, 16 Nov. 2022 What is causing the magnetic pole to move so quickly? The Physics Arxiv Blog, Discover Magazine, 28 Oct. 2020 Geomagnetic activity When the geomagnetic field is active, the aurora will be brighter, stronger and further from the magnetic poles, according to the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC). Sydney Borchers, Fox News, 8 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of magnetic pole was in 1701

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“Magnetic pole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnetic%20pole. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

magnetic pole

noun
1
: either of two small regions of the earth which are located near the North and South Poles and toward which a compass needle points
2
: either of the poles of a magnet

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