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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Ciara is, without exaggeration, the picture of good health—with a warm, irresistible magnetism to boot. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Ciara Reveals the 5 New Year’s Resolutions Behind That Body for 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 On Earth, volcanoes have a lot of destructive qualities but none of them are due to magnetism. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Moon's Most Mysterious Feature Now Has an Origin Story," 7 Sep. 2018 Kids can play with sound waves to see how musical instruments work, shoot an air cannon and explore magnetism by building with magnets. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Science CITY opens at Betty Brinn Children's Museum," 5 July 2018 What’s important is that in that equation — among all the variables at play, which include mass, velocity, gravitational pull, magnetism, and electricity — lies the Planck constant. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The world is about to redefine the kilogram," 15 Nov. 2018 In the 1860s, Scottish mathematical physicist James Clerk Maxwell devised equations joining at the hip the phenomena of magnetism and electricity. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 His playful magnetism was something Disney tried to recapture with Alden Ehrenreich in Solo. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Here's Harrison Ford Starring in 'Solo' Thanks to Deepfakes," 17 Oct. 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, "A brief scientific guide to the first day of spring.," 20 Sep. 2018 Magnetic minerals in sediment align with Earth's poles, and when those sediments harden into rock layers, the alignment of those magnetic minerals gets locked into place, creating a fossil record of Earth's past magnetism. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Hominins lived in China 2.1 million years ago," 11 July 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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