magnetism

noun

mag·​ne·​tism ˈmag-nə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce magnetism (audio)
1
a
: a class of physical phenomena that include the attraction for iron observed in lodestone and a magnet, are inseparably associated with moving electricity, are exhibited by both magnets and electric currents, and are characterized by fields of force
b
: a science that deals with magnetic phenomena
2
: an ability to attract or charm

Examples of magnetism in a Sentence

Much of his success as a politician can be attributed to his personal magnetism. she managed to win the election by sheer magnetism
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Word History

First Known Use

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of magnetism was in 1616

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Cite this Entry

“Magnetism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnetism. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

magnetism

noun
mag·​ne·​tism ˈmag-nə-ˌtiz-əm How to pronounce magnetism (audio)
1
a
: the property of attracting certain metals or producing a magnetic field as shown by a magnet, a magnetized material, or a conductor carrying an electric current
b
: the science that deals with magnetic occurrences or conditions
2
: the power to attract or charm others

Medical Definition

magnetism

noun
mag·​ne·​tism ˈmag-nə-ˌtiz-əm How to pronounce magnetism (audio)
: a class of physical phenomena that include the attraction for iron observed in lodestone and a magnet, are inseparably associated with moving electricity, are exhibited by both magnets and electric currents, and are characterized by fields of force

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