non·​mag·​net·​ic | \ ˌnän-mag-ˈne-tik How to pronounce nonmagnetic (audio) \

Definition of nonmagnetic

: lacking magnetic qualities : not magnetic a nonmagnetic material nonmagnetic metals

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Build a Recycling-Sorting Machine," 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, "Physicists capture first footage of quantum knots unraveling in superfluid," 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, "Peter Grünberg, 78, Winner of an ‘iPod Nobel,’ Is Dead," 12 Apr. 2018 That particular panel is nonmetallic or nonmagnetic (aluminum). Indianapolis Star, "How to Inspect a Used Car," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of nonmagnetic

1828, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonmagnetic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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