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 The Horsehead Nebula, a sculpted pillar of dust and gas that forms the far edge of the Orion B molecular cloud, is part of a massive stellar nursery where gravity, magnetic forces and radiation winds force matter together to birth new stars. Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American, "The Majesty of Cosmic Chaos," 30 Jan. 2020 Not only does the mystical look resemble the Northern Lights, but Aurora nails also involve magnetic forces. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Aurora Nails Is the Top Nail Art Trend in Korea Right Now," 24 Jan. 2020 The High Country, also a new arrival to the Tahoe family, is loaded with standard features like a 6.2-liter V8, magnetic ride-control, 22-inch wheels, head-up display, surround vision and rear pedestrian alert. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Upcoming Chevy Corvette, Tahoe among highlights of Houston Auto Show," 24 Jan. 2020 Because some of the sediment at the bottom of the lake was magnetic. National Geographic, "Episode 6: The Aquarius Project," 19 Nov. 2019 Ruby Rose is magnetic as Gotham City’s new vigilante, who arrives at a time when Bruce Wayne is missing and the place is overrun with criminal gangs. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of Oct. 6-12," 5 Oct. 2019 Technically, all matter is subject to the magnetic forces that pervade our universe. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "How Do Magnets Work?," 7 Dec. 2019 This happens because magnetic forces are very strong close to the magnet but quickly get weaker farther away from the magnet. Ben Finio, Scientific American, "Build Your Own Speaker," 5 Dec. 2019 While those other scientists plumbed the mysteries of the atom, Ault studied the invisible magnetic forces that enshroud our planet. John Kelly, Washington Post, "A truly magnetic personality: Capt. J.P. Ault and his amazing ship, the Carnegie," 14 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 But Gorbacheva is a free spirit, magnetic with a frenetic, open energy. Vogue, "Irina Gorbacheva Is Breaking the Mold of What It Means to Be a Russian Actress," 18 Mar. 2019 The EN700 Pro has a 10-millimeter driver in each earpiece with an N50 high magnetic composite moving-coil transducer with a polymer composite titanium-plated diaphragm. Jim Rossman, The Seattle Times, "Tech review: Simgot in-ear monitors offer great sound and a great price," 13 Apr. 2019 Magnetic north and magnetic south experienced a geomagnetic reversal, an event which marks the start of the Quaternary Period. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Exploding Stars Might Have Brought an End to the Prehistoric Megalodon," 14 Dec. 2018

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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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23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Magnetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnetic. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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