paleomagnetism

noun
pa·​leo·​mag·​ne·​tism | \ ˌpā-lē-ō-ˈmag-nə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce paleomagnetism (audio) , especially British ˌpa- \

Definition of paleomagnetism

1 : the intensity and direction of residual magnetization in ancient rocks
2 : a science that deals with paleomagnetism

Other Words from paleomagnetism

paleomagnetic \ ˌpā-​lē-​ō-​mag-​ˈne-​tik How to pronounce paleomagnetic (audio) \ adjective
paleomagnetically \ ˌpā-​lē-​ō-​mag-​ˈne-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce paleomagnetically (audio) \ adverb
paleomagnetist \ ˌpā-​lē-​ō-​ˈmag-​nə-​tist How to pronounce paleomagnetist (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of paleomagnetism

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for paleomagnetism

paleo- + magnetism

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Cite this Entry

“Paleomagnetism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paleomagnetism. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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