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paramagnet

[par-uh-mag-nit, par-uh-mag-] /ˌpær əˈmæg nɪt, ˈpær əˌmæg-/
noun, Physics.
1.
a body or substance that, placed in a magnetic field, possesses magnetization in direct proportion to the field strength; a substance in which the magnetic moments of the atoms are not aligned.
Origin of paramagnet
1905-1910
1905-10; back formation from paramagnetic; see para-1, magnet
Related forms
paramagnetism, noun
paramagnetic
[par-uh-mag-net-ik] /ˌpær ə mægˈnɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • The first group is paramagnetic and positive; the corresponding one is diamagnetic and negative.

    Occult Chemistry Annie Besant and Charles W. Leadbeater
  • Bodies that point axially, or are paramagnetic, like a suspended needle.

    The Boy's Playbook of Science John Henry Pepper
  • They are all monads and paramagnetic; lithium, potassium and rubidium are positive, while fluorine and manganese are negative.

    Occult Chemistry Annie Besant and Charles W. Leadbeater
  • He anchored one end of it there by flipping the paramagnetic control on the tape case, and pulled the tape across the room.

    Breaking Point James E. Gunn
  • The corresponding group consists of nitrogen, vanadium and niobium; they are triatomic, paramagnetic, and negative.

    Occult Chemistry Annie Besant and Charles W. Leadbeater
Word Origin and History for paramagnetic
adj.

1850, from para- (1) + magnetic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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