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

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One attraction was, instead, the debut of a dashing 28-year-old Spanish cellist, Pablo Ferrández, whose pop-idol magnetism, superb technique and exhilarating musicality reveal a sure star in the making. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Benjamin Millepied’s ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ this time at the Hollywood Bowl," 17 July 2019 For some people, however, spectacular deaths of a supposedly heroic nature seem to have a bizarre magnetism—think Everest—particularly for those who have never witnessed the horror of such events. Mark Jenkins, National Geographic, "How the pursuit of one European peak gave rise to modern mountaineering," 1 Aug. 2019 Everest’s unique magnetism may defeat efforts to encourage adventurers to try other, safer quests. Michael Kodas, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Mount Everest is packed. Whose fault is that?," 7 June 2019 Last year’s prize was awarded to Brian Gitta from Uganda, who invented a low-cost bloodless test that uses light and magnetism to scan a person’s finger in order to diagnose malaria. Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu, Quartz Africa, "A battle with TB inspired his smart medicine dispenser, now it’s won Africa’s top engineering prize," 5 June 2019 The knowledge of magnetism, or even tools to detect magnetic anomalies, may have been transferred between these areas along with other goods. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "Mesoamerican Sculptures Reveal Early Knowledge of Magnetism," 6 Aug. 2019 Wilczek came up with the theory in 1987 to describe how a hypothetical particle called an axion would interact with electricity and magnetism. Quanta Magazine, "‘Quantum Atmospheres’ May Reveal Secrets of Matter," 25 Sep. 2018 There have been better players to enter the draft since then (Durant in '07, Anthony Davis in '12), but not since LeBron has there been a player who combines the kind of magnetism and talent that Zion will bring to New Orleans. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "2019 NBA Draft Winners and Losers: Grizzlies, Suns, and Two Stories for the Pelicans," 21 June 2019 Despite its sway over the motion of stars and galaxies, the force of gravity is hundreds of millions of trillions of trillions of times weaker than magnetism and the other microscopic forces of nature. Quanta Magazine, "A New Theory to Explain the Higgs Mass," 27 May 2015

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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 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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