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[mag-net-ik] /mægˈnɛt ɪk/
of or relating to a magnet or magnetism.
having the properties of a magnet.
capable of being magnetized or attracted by a magnet.
pertaining to the magnetic field of the earth:
the magnetic equator.
exerting a strong attractive power or charm:
a magnetic personality.
noting or pertaining to various bearings and measurements as indicated by a magnetic compass:
magnetic amplitude; magnetic course; magnetic meridian.
Origin of magnetic
1625-35; < Late Latin magnēticus. See magnet, -ic
Related forms
magnetically, adverb
nonmagnetic, adjective
nonmagnetical, adjective
nonmagnetically, adverb
overmagnetic, adjective
overmagnetically, adverb
semimagnetic, adjective
semimagnetical, adjective
semimagnetically, adverb
unmagnetic, adjective
unmagnetical, adjective
5. persuasive, charismatic, captivating. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for magnetic
  • When placed in a magnetic field, the bar magnets quickly pivot, so they are parallel with the field.
  • The bad news is that studs and chicks are not magnetic.
  • As a result, the sum total of all the domains gives the piece a zero magnetic moment.
  • When the wheel spins, the magnetic field causes a current to run in copper wires inside the lamp housing.
  • Could also be interference from something magnetic nearby-- speakers are a common problem.
  • It has this magnetic pull that doesn't let you want to leave.
  • In the second stage, the cooled atoms are transferred to a magnetic trap.
  • The magnetic trap can hold onto particles that have magnetic properties similar to those of a tiny bar magnet.
  • One of the key questions the mission will tackle is the mystery of its magnetic field.
  • The magnetic field from the field winding turns with the generator rotor.
British Dictionary definitions for magnetic


of, producing, or operated by means of magnetism
of or concerned with a magnet
of or concerned with the magnetism of the earth: the magnetic equator
capable of being magnetized
exerting a powerful attraction: a magnetic personality
Derived Forms
magnetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for magnetic

1610s, literal; 1630s, figurative, from Modern Latin magneticus, from Latin magnes (see magnet).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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magnetic in Science
Producing, caused by, or making use of magnetic fields.
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