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[dahy-uh-mag-net-ik] /ˌdaɪ ə mægˈnɛt ɪk/
adjective, Physics.
of or pertaining to a class of substances, as bismuth and copper, whose permeability is less than that of a vacuum: in a magnetic field, their induced magnetism is in a direction opposite to that of iron.
1840-50; dia- + magnetic
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diamagnetically, adverb
[dahy-uh-mag-ni-tiz-uh m] /ˌdaɪ əˈmæg nɪˌtɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for diamagnetic
  • Immediately after that the object would pop up to full diamagnetic levitating height again because now the static is gone.
  • The diamagnetic material and the magnet repel each other.
  • The superconductor becomes perfectly diamagnetic, canceling all magnetic flux in its interior.
  • In common parlance, diamagnetic and paramagnetic substances are often called nonmagnetic.
  • There are also paramagnetic and diamagnetic materials.
  • If the water has no minerals which have a magnetic component, either ferromagnetic, paramagnetic or diamagnetic.
British Dictionary definitions for diamagnetic


of, exhibiting, or concerned with diamagnetism
Derived Forms
diamagnetically, adverb
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diamagnetic in Science
The property of being repelled by both poles of a magnet. Most substances commonly considered to be nonmagnetic, such as water, are actually diamagnetic. Though diamagnetism is a very weak effect compared with ferromagnetism and paramagnetism, it can be used to levitate objects. Compare ferromagnetism, paramagnetism. See also Lenz's law.

diamagnetic adjective (dī'ə-māg-nět'ĭk)
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