non·​mag·​net·​ic ˌnän-mag-ˈne-tik How to pronounce nonmagnetic (audio)
: lacking magnetic qualities : not magnetic
a nonmagnetic material
nonmagnetic metals

Examples of nonmagnetic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was fascinated by work in magnetic multilayers, which are materials made of thin films with alternating magnetic and nonmagnetic layers. IEEE Spectrum, 31 Mar. 2024 Another trick that old-time cyclists showed me was to superglue a nonmagnetic ball bearing into the bolt head. Matt Jancer, WIRED, 28 Nov. 2023 Physicists have studied ferromagnetism and the phase transition from nonmagnetic to magnetic with what is known as the Ising model, named after Ernst Ising, a German physicist. New York Times, 5 July 2022 Since a spinning nonmagnetic object creates electricity, it can be used with spinning magnets to activate eddy currents, electrical currents shaped like whirlpools that create their own magnetic fields. Glenn Garner,, 22 Nov. 2021 Piezoelectric motors can be manufactured from completely nonmagnetic materials, a key factor for imaging technology, such as MRI machines involved in medical treatment. Michael Ashley, Forbes, 18 May 2021 This lets them pull magnetic materials up off the conveyor belt and move them away, separating them from nonmagnetic materials such as plastic, glass and paper, and reducing their chances of getting stuck together. Ben Finio, Scientific American, 12 Mar. 2020 But then the knot dissolved after a few hundred milliseconds, and the ferromagnetic islands migrated to the edges of the BEC, leaving a nonmagnetic core at the center. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 15 Nov. 2019 The scanning heads in today’s electronic devices consist of alternating layers — each only a few atoms thick — of a magnetic metal like iron and a nonmagnetic metal like chromium. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, 12 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonmagnetic was in 1828

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“Nonmagnetic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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