Try Our Apps


Famous Last Words


[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.
Sometimes, magnetical.
Origin of magnetic
From the Late Latin word magnēticus, dating back to 1625-35. 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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for non-magnetic
Historical Examples
  • As long ago as 1774, Rinman observed that steel alloyed with manganese is non-magnetic.

    Inventors at Work George Iles
  • A hunk of solid, non-magnetic metal about the size of an office desk.

    Spacehounds of IPC Edward Elmer Smith
  • Some metals are non-magnetic, this applying to iron if combined with manganese.

    Electricity for Boys J. S. Zerbe
  • And every ship had an inset of iron in its non-magnetic hull.

  • It is non-magnetic, so that the presence of iron or magnets even in its immediate neighbourhood has little or no effect upon it.

  • It was the silicon bronze mainspring of his non-magnetic watch.

    Operation Terror William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • A dial of non-magnetic material marked with the points of the compass is capable of being rotated by the connections shown.

  • In this magneto the rotating member consists of two pieces of magnetic material separated by a non-magnetic center piece.

    Aviation Engines Victor Wilfred Pag
  • non-magnetic watches are made with these parts of a non-magnetic metal, so that they are not influenced by electric machinery.

  • Her shell was of "Roma" bronze, a non-magnetic metal, and one that could not be attacked by sea water.

    Aircraft and Submarines Willis J. Abbot.
British Dictionary definitions for non-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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for non-magnetic



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
non-magnetic in Science
Producing, caused by, or making use of magnetic fields.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for magnetic

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for non

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for non-magnetic