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

Definition of magnet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : lodestone
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


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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

attraction, draw, lodestone (also loadstone)

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Examples of magnet in a Sentence


the giant theme park is a magnet for tourists to the area

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But what makes Orlando such a magnet for new-play festivals? Matthew J. Palm,, "Orlando becomes the place to go for new plays, musicals," 16 Sep. 2019 Add to that dozens more local and national comics performing at venues on South Broadway (including the Hi-Dive, Three Kings Tavern and Mutiny Information Cafe) and you’ve got an irresistible magnet for stand-up lovers. John Wenzel, The Know, "Larry the Cable Guy, High Plains Festival and more Colorado comedy you need to know in September," 6 Sep. 2019 The second is that the Mets are the baseball equivalent of putting a credit card next to a magnet. Jon Tayler,, "Mets' Season All But Over After Gut-Wrenching Collapse Against Nationals," 4 Sep. 2019 The crumbling neighborhoods of English Avenue and Vine City stand in stark contrast to the bustling downtown area less than two miles away that has become a tourist magnet with such attractions as CNN Center and World of Coca-Cola. Haisten Willis,, "How some cities are planning to revive neighborhoods — without displacement," 3 Sep. 2019 By 2021, nearly all of the state will have this technology, an important consideration for new residents and a magnet for businesses, as well. Special To The Denver Post, The Denver Post, "Guest commentary: Colorado’s economy is on display, and now it must meet the challenges brought on by success," 30 Aug. 2019 Two Maglev train tracks—which use magnets to move trains along without friction—on the underside of the ring and another on the outside could transport passengers at incredible speeds, reaching the other side of the world in 45 minutes. Keith Baker, Quartz, "Four bold visions for the future of flying," 20 Aug. 2019 For the past six days, Raulino has made camp at South Station, a magnet for the homeless and itinerant. Deanna Pan,, "A day at South Station: A gateway to Boston, an intersection of many different lives," 17 Aug. 2019 This gizmo involves a magnet, so don’t poke the bottom of your glass out of curiosity or you’ll get beer all over yourself. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "First Look: What’s the new Taco Bell Cantina got that other Taco Bells don’t?," 16 Aug. 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

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Latin magnet-, magnes

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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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