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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web In the near future, the $344 million facility, which sits on Haleakala volcano in Hawaii, will also gauge the twists and turns of the invisible but fierce force that drives space weather: magnetism. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "These close-up photos of the sun could help us forecast space weather," 31 Jan. 2020 Your magnetism may attract an odd selection of unusual people. oregonlive, "Horoscope for Jan. 22, 2020: Gemini, be brave and honest; Aquarius, play it by ear," 22 Jan. 2020 Our fascination with magnetism stretches back for thousands of years. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "How Do Magnets Work?," 7 Dec. 2019 The magnetism adds to a suite of properties never before seen together in a form of pure carbon. W. Wayt Gibbs, Science | AAAS, "The next graphene? Shiny and magnetic, a new form of pure carbon dazzles with potential," 12 Nov. 2019 Pop had come of age as Elvis Presley was ascending the charts, and was moved by Presley’s magnetism. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The Survival of Iggy Pop," 26 Aug. 2019 Your personal magnetism is at a peak in March, making that an excellent time to meet new people, interview for a new position or impress people with your skills and talents. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Oct. 5, 2019: Happy birthday Kate Winslet; Pisces, avoid misunderstandings," 5 Oct. 2019 Weller posits that Fisher’s glittery friendships and acquaintanceships were symptoms of her needy craving for love but were also a reflection of her immense warmth, generosity and personal magnetism. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "A new biography dishes about Carrie Fisher’s tumultuous, bittersweet life," 14 Nov. 2019 But the defensive pride and haunted solitude of the outsider who believes his appearance means that no woman could ever love him cuts deep in a transfixing performance from Peter Dinklage, bristling with humor, pathos and fierce magnetism. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Cyrano': Theater Review," 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of magnetism

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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11 Feb 2020

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“Magnetism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnetism. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for magnetism

magnetism

noun
How to pronounce magnetism (audio)

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 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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