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electromagnet

[ih-lek-troh-mag-nit] /ɪˌlɛk troʊˈmæg nɪt/
noun
1.
a device consisting of an iron or steel core that is magnetized by electric current in a coil that surrounds it.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; electro- + magnet
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  • The electromagnet is off, but the coil is moving and it keeps moving long enough for the cycle to repeat.
British Dictionary definitions for electromagnet

electromagnet

/ɪˌlɛktrəʊˈmæɡnɪt/
noun
1.
a magnet consisting of an iron or steel core wound with a coil of wire, through which a current is passed
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Word Origin and History for electromagnet
n.

1831; see electro- + magnet.

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electromagnet in Science
electromagnet
  (ĭ-lěk'trō-māg'nĭt)   
A device consisting of a coil of insulated wire wrapped around an iron core that becomes magnetized when an electric current flows through the wire. Electromagnets are used to convert electrical control signals into mechanical movements. See Note at magnetism.
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electromagnet in Culture

electromagnet definition


A magnet created by passing an electric current through coils of wire. Electromagnets are widely used in common electrical systems.

electromagnet definition


A magnet created by passing an electric current through coils of wire. Such magnets are widely used in common electrical systems.

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