magnetic

adjective
mag·​net·​ic | \ mag-ˈne-tik How to pronounce magnetic (audio) \

Definition of magnetic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : possessing an extraordinary power or ability to attract a magnetic personality
2a : of or relating to a magnet or to magnetism
b : of, relating to, or characterized by the earth's magnetism
c : magnetized or capable of being magnetized
d : actuated by magnetic attraction

magnetic

noun

Definition of magnetic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a magnetic substance

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Other Words from magnetic

Adjective

magnetically \ mag-​ˈne-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce magnetically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of magnetic in a Sentence

Adjective a cult leader who attracted followers with his magnetic gaze
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In a statement, Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights commission said one of its vehicles was struck by a magnetic bomb Saturday morning, killing two employees who were on their way to work. Mujib Mashal, BostonGlobe.com, "Afghan deaths pile up in uncertainty over US deal with Taliban," 27 June 2020 The blades are sharp but don't irritate skin, and the magnetic holder ensures that the razor blades stay clean and dry. Deanna Pai, CNN Underscored, "The best women's razors of 2020," 26 June 2020 The staff also removed nearly 50 tactile items, such as magnetic metal washers. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Cultural institutions reopen with a more hands-off approach," 25 June 2020 Dressing is a snap thanks to magnetic closures at the shoulders that conveniently expand the neck opening. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Amazon’s ‘Big Style Sale’ is on, deals up to 50 percent off Reebok, Fossil, Tommy Hilfiger and more," 25 June 2020 This could accurately measure the magnetic properties of atomic nuclei by detecting single states of rotation of atoms and molecules, and the technique in turn proved feasible as a way to precisely tell time. Larry Printz, Ars Technica, "The long, winding, technological road to GPS in every car," 24 June 2020 For writer and activist Raquel Willis, the day was magnetic. Suyin Haynes, Time, "How the Fight Against Police Brutality Helped Ignite the LGBTQ-Rights Movement," 19 June 2020 And while the city's theater shows up in the magnetic data, the GPR survey provided a much clearer view, including at different depths, yielding insight into its structural form, as well as evidence of the removal of walls via stone-robbing. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "An ancient Roman city has been fully mapped using ground-penetrating radar," 14 June 2020 Visitors can bring a magnet and drag it through the sand, which is a dark hue due to its rich iron content, to find that some of the minerals stick to it, as many of the particles, such as magnetite, are magnetic. Molly O'brien, Travel + Leisure, "Visit One of These 8 Western U.S. Destinations for a Taste of Traveling Abroad," 13 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The main wreckage was about 127 feet from the impact crater along a 347⁰ true bearing (335⁰ magnetic) and consisted of the empennage/tailboom, both engines, avionics boxes, and portions of the cockpit instrument panel. New York Times, "Read the Preliminary N.T.S.B. Report About the Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash," 7 Feb. 2020 Mars once had a protective magnetic shield like Earth does. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Mars Sure Is Quakin'," 25 Feb. 2020 The Pro Trek also uses a proprietary magnetic charging cord, which is cool—just don’t lose it. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "The Survival Gear You Want When Things Go Wrong in the Backcountry," 20 Feb. 2020 The performance was classic Lizzo: high-energy, magnetic, and just so fun. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lizzo’s Performance at the Grammys 2020 Is All You Need to See Right Now," 27 Jan. 2020 The students can keep their phones with them but can’t access them without a special magnetic unlocking mechanism. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "Schools Took Away Students’ Phones. Now They’re Treating Separation Anxiety," 20 Jan. 2020 His magnetic, easy-going, fun-loving personality, electric smile and thoughtful answers add to the attraction. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Zion Williamson's knee injury deflates Pelicans, NBA season before it begins," 21 Oct. 2019 To put the whole picture together, the researchers also compiled a handful of existing magnetic records based on seafloor sediment cores and ice cores. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "The last magnetic pole flip saw 22,000 years of weirdness," 11 Aug. 2019 Mesmer applied this same magnetic therapy to Österlin and pronounced her cured. National Geographic, "Was this hypnotic health craze an elaborate hoax or a medical breakthrough?," 5 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of magnetic

Adjective

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1655, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of magnetic was in 1611

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2 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Magnetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnetic. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for magnetic

magnetic

adjective
How to pronounce magnetic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of magnetic

: of or relating to a magnet or magnetism
: having great power to attract and hold the interest of other people

magnetic

adjective
mag·​net·​ic | \ mag-ˈne-tik How to pronounce magnetic (audio) \

Kids Definition of magnetic

1 : acting like a magnet
2 : of or relating to the earth's magnetic field
3 : having a great power to attract people a magnetic personality

magnetic

adjective
mag·​net·​ic | \ mag-ˈnet-ik How to pronounce magnetic (audio) \

Medical Definition of magnetic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to a magnet or to magnetism
2 : of, relating to, or characterized by the earth's magnetism
3 : magnetized or capable of being magnetized
4 : actuated by magnetic attraction

Other Words from magnetic

magnetically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce magnetically (audio) \ adverb

magnetic

noun

Medical Definition of magnetic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a magnetic substance

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