magnetism

noun
mag·​ne·​tism | \ ˈmag-nə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce magnetism (audio) \

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

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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First Known Use of magnetism

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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11 Jun 2022

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“Magnetism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnetism. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for magnetism

magnetism

noun
mag·​ne·​tism | \ ˈmag-nə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce magnetism (audio) \

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 How to pronounce magnetism (audio) \

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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