magnetism

noun
mag·ne·tism | \ˈmag-nə-ˌti-zəm \

Definition of magnetism 

1a : 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

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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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An atom’s nucleus and its electrons both have a slight magnetism that causes each component to slightly push and pull on the other. Sophia Chen, WIRED, "These Physicists Watched a Clock Tick for 14 Years Straight," 4 June 2018 Its most valuable tool was basic research: Bell’s scientists spent years probing the fundamentals of chemistry, physics, metallurgy, magnetism, and more in their search for discoveries that could be monetized. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018 Looking at it requires finicky machines which use magnetism or electricity or both to bypass the bone. The Economist, "The eye's structure holds information about the health of the mind," 28 June 2018 Let compromise, understanding, and magnetism be your touchstones. Shannon Barbour, Cosmopolitan, "These Are the Best 2018 Super Bowl Commercials," 5 Feb. 2018 The goal is to study the sun’s atmosphere, weather, and magnetism and figure out the mystery of why the sun’s corona (its atmosphere) is much hotter than its surface. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Summer is for meteor showers and stargazing. Here’s how to watch.," 22 June 2018 The research, conducted in cooperation with scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, will use a magnetometer on the spacecraft to attempt to understand how the rocks on the moon received their magnetism. Yonat Friling, Fox News, "Israel to launch its first spacecraft to the moon," 10 July 2018 The same goes for the Golden State Warriors, who won a third title in four years earlier this month and now find themselves with a chance to make the most of their unique magnetism in free agency – again. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza, Jamal Crawford? Warriors could make free-agency splash," 30 June 2018 People will feel this around you as your personal magnetism will be stronger than ever. Rebecca Gordon, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Find Summer Romance According to the Stars," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of magnetism

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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magnetism

noun

English Language Learners Definition of magnetism

: the property of attracting certain metals : the attracting property of a magnet

: a quality that makes someone able to attract and hold the interest of other people

magnetism

noun
mag·ne·tism | \ˈmag-nə-ˌti-zəm \

Kids Definition of magnetism

1 : a magnet's power to attract

2 : the power to attract others : personal charm

magnetism

noun
mag·ne·tism | \ˈmag-nə-ˌtiz-əm \

Medical Definition of magnetism 

: 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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