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magnetic pole

the region of a magnet toward which the lines of magnetic induction converge (south pole) or from which the lines of induction diverge (north pole)
either of the two points on the earth's surface where the dipping needle of a compass stands vertical, one in the arctic, the other in the antarctic.
Origin of magnetic pole
First recorded in 1695-1705 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In fact we have got considerably to the north of the magnetic pole.

    The Giant of the North R.M. Ballantyne
  • Over the magnetic pole, the dipping needle as it is called, is vertical.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • My object is to communicate with the Boothians in the vicinity of the magnetic pole.

    In the Arctic Seas Francis Leopold McClintock
  • It was thus proved that the magnetic pole is situated a long distance—more than 1,200 miles—from the geographical pole.

  • On the first of March we halted to encamp at about the position of the magnetic pole—for no cairn remains to mark the spot.

    In the Arctic Seas Francis Leopold McClintock
  • Seven or eight snow-huts, recently abandoned, were found near the magnetic pole.

    In the Arctic Seas Francis Leopold McClintock
  • The little bungalow of the Colvilles in Pasadena became a kind of magnetic pole.

    Edgar Saltus: The Man

    Marie Saltus
  • The movement of the area of magnetic intensity, and the magnetic pole, to the west.

    The Philosophy of the Weather Thomas Belden Butler
  • Single wires, approximated in certain directions towards the magnetic pole, had currents induced in them.

  • You can see, then, that if a compass be taken north of this magnetic pole, its north pole will point south.

    Things a Boy Should Know About Electricity

    Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
British Dictionary definitions for magnetic pole

magnetic pole

either of two regions in a magnet where the magnetic induction is concentrated
either of two variable points on the earth's surface towards which a magnetic needle points, where the lines of force of the earth's magnetic field are vertical
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magnetic pole in Science
magnetic pole  
  1. Either of two regions of a magnet, designated north and south, where the magnetic field is strongest. Electromagnetic interactions cause the north poles of magnets to be attracted to the south poles of other magnets, and conversely. The north pole of a magnet is the pole out of which magnetic lines of force point, while the south pole is the pole into which they point. The Earth's geomagnetic "north" and "south" poles are, in fact, magnetically the opposite of what their names suggest; this is why the north end of a compass needle is attracted to the geomagnetic "north" pole. See Note at magnetism, See also monopole.

  2. Either of two regions of the Earth's surface at which magnetic lines of force are perpendicular to the Earth's surface. The Earth's magnetic poles are close to, but not identical with, both its geographic poles (the North and South Poles) and its geomagnetic poles. See Note at magnetic reversal.

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magnetic pole in Culture

magnetic pole definition

The spot on the Earth toward which a compass needle will point.

Note: The north magnetic pole is not located exactly at the geographic North Pole. Therefore, depending on where a compass is, its needle may not point exactly north.
Note: The variation between magnetic north and “true” north is usually shown on navigation maps as the “angle of declination.”
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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