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Definition of magnet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

b : a body having the property of attracting iron and producing a magnetic field external to itself specifically : a mass of iron, steel, or alloy that has this property artificially imparted
2 : something that attracts a box-office magnet
variants: or magneto-

Definition of magnet- (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : magnetic force magnetometer
2 : magnetism : magnetic magnetoelectric magneton
3 : magnetoelectric magnetoresistance
4 : magnetosphere magnetopause

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Synonyms for magnet

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of magnet in a Sentence

Noun the giant theme park is a magnet for tourists to the area
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Like Murphy orchestrated in Florida, the Huntsville amphitheater, with its park setting, is meant to be a community magnet beyond concerts. Matt Wake |, al, "A Red Rocks, Hollywood Bowl type venue in Huntsville? That’s the plan," 8 Nov. 2019 Apparently there are no magnets strong enough to permit that, making this piece a monument designed to fail. New York Times, "At 88, Agnes Denes Finally Gets the Retrospective She Deserves," 7 Nov. 2019 The speaker of Britain’s House of Commons, who has become a global celebrity and online meme-magnet for his loud ties, even louder voice, and star turn at the center of Britain’s Brexit drama, stepped down on Thursday after 10 years in the job., "LONDON — It’s last or-derrrs for John Bercow.," 1 Nov. 2019 Which invites the question: Do TripAdvisor reviewers ever visit towns that lack tourism magnets? Phillip Valys,, "The best Florida restaurants live in Miami Beach, TripAdvisor claims in new rankings," 28 Oct. 2019 Diversity as a talent magnet Nubank’s policies that address gender equality include bringing more women into its technology teams. Angelica Mari, Quartz at Work, "A Brazilian company is pushing an entire industry to become more inclusive," 22 Oct. 2019 Two Beaverton magnet high schools, the International School of Beaverton and Science & Technology High, also registered top-notch performance. oregonlive, "Oregon school performance ratings reveal shortfalls, successes and, in Portland, particularly stark problems," 17 Oct. 2019 And other systems that involve superfluids or magnets in place of superconductors exhibit analogous effects while minimizing those problems. Frank Wilczek, Scientific American, "The Exquisite Precision of Time Crystals," 16 Oct. 2019 But there’s also the charcoal-behind-glass art structure by the front door, a vibrant poster wall, and an adorable kids’ play area replete with a magnet wall and books. Daliah Singer, The Know, "Review: Chook brings fine-dining finesse to a fast-casual chicken shop," 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of magnet


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for magnet


Middle English magnete, from Anglo-French, from Latin magnet-, magnes, from Greek magnēs (lithos), literally, stone of Magnesia, ancient city in Asia Minor

Combining form

Latin magnet-, magnes

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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of magnet was in the 15th century

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How to pronounce magnet- (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of magnet

: a piece of material (such as iron or steel) that is able to attract certain metals
: something or someone that attracts people or things


mag·​net | \ ˈmag-nət How to pronounce magnet (audio) \

Kids Definition of magnet

: a piece of material (as of iron, steel, or alloy) that is able to attract iron


mag·​net | \ ˈmag-nət How to pronounce magnet (audio) \

Medical Definition of magnet

: a body having the property of attracting iron and producing a magnetic field external to itself specifically : a mass of iron, steel, or alloy that has this property artificially imparted

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