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Meaning of MAGIC

Pronunciation:  'majik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
  2. [n]  any art that invokes supernatural powers
  3. [adj]  possessing or using or characteristic of or appropriate to supernatural powers; "charming incantations"; "magic signs that protect against adverse influence"; "a magical spell"; "'tis now the very witching time of night"- Shakespeare; "wizard wands"; "wizardly powers"

MAGIC is a 5 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: charming, conjuration, conjuring trick, deception, illusion, legerdemain, magic trick, magical, sorcerous, supernatural, trick, witching(a), wizard(a), wizardly
 See Also: black art, black magic, card trick, conjuration, conjuring, conjury, invocation, juju, mojo, performance, prestidigitation, sleight of hand, sorcery, supernaturalism, theurgy



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mag"ic\, n. [OE. magique, L. magice, Gr. ? (sc. ?), fr.
    ?. See {Magic}, a., and {Magi}.]
    A comprehensive name for all of the pretended arts which
    claim to produce effects by the assistance of supernatural
    beings, or departed spirits, or by a mastery of secret forces
    in nature attained by a study of occult science, including
    enchantment, conjuration, witchcraft, sorcery, necromancy,
    incantation, etc.
          An appearance made by some magic.        --Chaucer.
    {Celestial magic}, a supposed supernatural power which gave
       to spirits a kind of dominion over the planets, and to the
       planets an influence over men.
    {Natural magic}, the art of employing the powers of nature to
       produce effects apparently supernatural.
    {Superstitious}, or {Geotic}, {magic}, the invocation of
       devils or demons, involving the supposition of some tacit
       or express agreement between them and human beings.
    Syn: Sorcery; witchcraft; necromancy; conjuration;
  2. \Mag"ic\, Magical \Mag"ic*al\, a. [L. magicus, Gr. ?, fr.
    ?: cf. F. magique. See {Magi}.]
    1. Pertaining to the hidden wisdom supposed to be possessed
       by the Magi; relating to the occult powers of nature, and
       the producing of effects by their agency.
    2. Performed by, or proceeding from, occult and superhuman
       agencies; done by, or seemingly done by, enchantment or
       sorcery. Hence: Seemingly requiring more than human power;
       imposing or startling in performance; producing effects
       which seem supernatural or very extraordinary; having
       extraordinary properties; as, a magic lantern; a magic
       square or circle.
             The painter's magic skill.            --Cowper.
    Note: Although with certain words magic is used more than
          magical, -- as, magic circle, magic square, magic wand,
          -- we may in general say magic or magical; as, a magic
          or magical effect; a magic or magical influence, etc.
          But when the adjective is predicative, magical, and not
          magic, is used; as, the effect was magical.
    {Magic circle}, a series of concentric circles containing the
       numbers 12 to 75 in eight radii, and having somewhat
       similar properties to the magic square.
    {Magic humming bird} (Zo["o]l.), a Mexican humming bird
       ({Iache magica}), having white downy thing tufts.
    {Magic lantern}. See {Lantern}.
    {Magic square}, numbers so disposed in parallel and equal
       rows in the form of a square, that each row, taken
       vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, shall give the
       same sum, the same product, or an harmonical series,
       according as the numbers taken are in arithmetical,
       geometrical, or harmonical progression.
    {Magic wand}, a wand used by a magician in performing feats
       of magic.
Computing Dictionary
  1. An early system on the midac computer.

    [Listed in CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959)].

    [jargon file]

  2. 1. As yet unexplained, or too complicated to explain; compare automagically and (Arthur C.) Clarke's Third Law:

            Any sufficiently advanced technology is
            indistinguishable from magic.

    "TTY echoing is controlled by a large number of magic bits." "This routine magically computes the parity of an 8-bit byte in three instructions."

    2. Characteristic of something that works although no one really understands why (this is especially called black magic).

    3. (Stanford) A feature not generally publicised that allows something otherwise impossible or a feature formerly in that category but now unveiled.

    Compare wizardly, deep magic, heavy wizardry.

    For more about hackish "magic" see magic switch story.

    4. magic number.

    [jargon file]

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are performing magic means many pleasant surprises. It may also represent a creative mind and that events will turn out the way you had hoped for. Seeing others performing magic in your dream indicates profitable endeavors. Dreaming of black magic, represents that you have obtained your wishes and wants through underhanded tricks. It also symbolizes evil and treachery.
Easton Bible Dictionary

The Jews seem early to have consulted the teraphim (q.v.) for oracular answers (Judg. 18:5, 6; Zech. 10:2). There is a remarkable illustration of this divining by teraphim in Ezek. 21:19-22. We read also of the divining cup of Joseph (Gen. 44:5). The magicians of Egypt are frequently referred to in the history of the Exodus. Magic was an inherent part of the ancient Egyptian religion, and entered largely into their daily life.

All magical arts were distinctly prohibited under penalty of death in the Mosaic law. The Jews were commanded not to learn the "abomination" of the people of the Promised Land (Lev. 19:31; Deut. 18:9-14). The history of Saul's consulting the witch of Endor (1 Sam. 28:3-20) gives no warrant for attributing supernatural power to magicians. From the first the witch is here only a bystander. The practice of magic lingered among the people till after the Captivity, when they gradually abandoned it.

It is not much referred to in the New Testament. The Magi mentioned in Matt. 2:1-12 were not magicians in the ordinary sense of the word. They belonged to a religious caste, the followers of Zoroaster, the astrologers of the East. Simon, a magician, was found by Philip at Samaria (Acts 8:9-24); and Paul and Barnabas encountered Elymas, a Jewish sorcerer, at Paphos (13:6-12). At Ephesus there was a great destruction of magical books (Acts 19:18, 19).

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