magnet

noun
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

magnet-

combining form
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 Women in their 50s and 60s stood in the center of the community to discourage gang traffic on a footbridge that was a magnet for it. Robert Klemko, Washington Post, "Members Of Little Earth Protectors Pratol Their Community," 12 Apr. 2021 The four-story labyrinth of galleries in Bulgaria’s Bacho Kiro cave has long been a magnet for all sorts of humans. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "More than 45,000 years ago, modern humans ventured into Neanderthal territory. Here’s what happened next," 7 Apr. 2021 Having the giveaway at the multipurpose center was a magnet for people who were also headed across the street to browse the flea market. Michelle L. Quinn, chicagotribune.com, "Easter food giveaway finds people in their finest embracing spiritual renewal," 5 Apr. 2021 The old spot was a magnet for record-loving celebrities and musicians, and the new spot is sure to be similar. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, "Lines around the block at Amoeba Music’s grand reopening in Hollywood," 1 Apr. 2021 The mountains nearby are also a magnet for heliskiers. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Knik Glacier’s biking boom is drawing hundreds into backcountry once tough to reach," 1 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, its interior is rugged and rustic — a magnet for hikers and mountain bikers. Elizabeth Heath, Travel + Leisure, "Dreamy Beaches, Hidden Coves, and Idyllic Seaside Towns Await on This Secret Island Escape in Italy," 28 Mar. 2021 Of course, considering that at this point the Bachelor franchise is a magnet for mess, there's already drama brewing in the Facebook comments. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "The New Bachelorette Cast Has Been Released — & There’s Already Drama," 19 Mar. 2021 Water of any kind — even a small backyard water feature — is a magnet for birds and mammals. New York Times, "Why You Need a Wildlife Camera," 3 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of magnet

Noun

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

History and Etymology for magnet

Noun

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

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16 Apr 2021

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“Magnet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnet. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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magnet

noun

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

magnet

noun
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

magnet

noun
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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