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Meaning of MAGNETIC

Pronunciation:  mag'netik

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  1. [adj]  possessing an extraordinary ability to attract; "a charismatic leader"; "a magnetic personality"
  2. [adj]  (physics) having the properties of a magnet; the ability to draw or pull; "an attractive force"; "the knife hung on a magnetic board"
  3. [adj]  having the properties of a magnet; i.e. of attracting iron or steel; "the hard disk is covered with a thin coat of magnetic material"
  4. [adj]  determined by earth's magnetic fields; "magnetic north"; "the needle of a magnetic compass points to the magnetic north pole"
  5. [adj]  capable of being magnetized
  6. [adj]  of or relating to or caused by magnetism; "magnetic forces"

MAGNETIC is a 8 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: attractable, attractive, attractive(a), charismatic, magnetised, magnetized
 Antonyms: antimagnetic, geographic, geographical, nonmagnetic, repulsive(a)



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mag*net"ic\, Magnetical \Mag*net"ic*al\, a. [L.
    magneticus: cf. F. magn['e]tique.]
    1. Pertaining to the magnet; possessing the properties of the
       magnet, or corresponding properties; as, a magnetic bar of
       iron; a magnetic needle.
    2. Of or pertaining to, or characterized by, the earth's
       magnetism; as, the magnetic north; the magnetic meridian.
    3. Capable of becoming a magnet; susceptible to magnetism;
       as, the magnetic metals.
    4. Endowed with extraordinary personal power to excite the
       feelings and to win the affections; attractive; inducing
             She that had all magnetic force alone. --Donne.
    5. Having, susceptible to, or induced by, animal magnetism,
       so called; as, a magnetic sleep. See {Magnetism}.
    {Magnetic amplitude}, {attraction}, {dip}, {induction}, etc.
       See under {Amplitude}, {Attraction}, etc.
    {Magnetic battery}, a combination of bar or horseshoe magnets
       with the like poles adjacent, so as to act together with
       great power.
    {Magnetic compensator}, a contrivance connected with a ship's
       compass for compensating or neutralizing the effect of the
       iron of the ship upon the needle.
    {Magnetic curves}, curves indicating lines of magnetic force,
       as in the arrangement of iron filings between the poles of
       a powerful magnet.
    {Magnetic elements}.
       (a) (Chem. Physics) Those elements, as iron, nickel,
           cobalt, chromium, manganese, etc., which are capable
           or becoming magnetic.
       (b) (Physics) In respect to terrestrial magnetism, the
           declination, inclination, and intensity.
       (c) See under {Element}.
    {Magnetic equator}, the line around the equatorial parts of
       the earth at which there is no dip, the dipping needle
       being horizontal.
    {Magnetic field}, or {Field of magnetic force}, any space
       through which magnet exerts its influence.
    {Magnetic fluid}, the hypothetical fluid whose existence was
       formerly assumed in the explanations of the phenomena of
    {Magnetic iron}, or {Magnetic iron ore}. (Min.) Same as
    {Magnetic needle}, a slender bar of steel, magnetized and
       suspended at its center on a sharp-pointed pivot, or by a
       delicate fiber, so that it may take freely the direction
       of the magnetic meridian. It constitutes the essential
       part of a compass, such as the mariner's and the
    {Magnetic poles}, the two points in the opposite polar
       regions of the earth at which the direction of the dipping
       needle is vertical.
    {Magnetic pyrites}. See {Pyrrhotite}.
    {Magnetic storm} (Terrestrial Physics), a disturbance of the
       earth's magnetic force characterized by great and sudden
    {Magnetic telegraph}, a telegraph acting by means of a
       magnet. See {Telegraph}.
  2. \Mag*net"ic\, n.
    1. A magnet. [Obs.]
             As the magnetic hardest iron draws.   --Milton.
    2. Any metal, as iron, nickel, cobalt, etc., which may
       receive, by any means, the properties of the loadstone,
       and which then, when suspended, fixes itself in the
       direction of a magnetic meridian.
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