[ dahy-uh-mag-net-ik ]
/ ˌdaɪ ə mægˈnɛt ɪk /

adjective Physics.

of or relating to a class of substances, as bismuth and copper, whose permeability is less than that of a vacuum: in a magnetic field, their induced magnetism is in a direction opposite to that of iron.

Origin of diamagnetic

First recorded in 1840–50; dia- + magnetic

OTHER WORDS FROM diamagnetic

di·a·mag·net·i·cal·ly, adverbdi·a·mag·net·ism [dahy-uh-mag-ni-tiz-uh m] /ˌdaɪ əˈmæg nɪˌtɪz əm/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for diamagnetic

/ (ˌdaɪəmæɡˈnɛtɪk) /


of, exhibiting, or concerned with diamagnetism

Derived forms of diamagnetic

diamagnetically, adverb
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Science definitions for diamagnetic

[ dī′ə-măgnĭ-tĭz′əm ]

The property of being repelled by both poles of a magnet. Most substances commonly considered to be nonmagnetic, such as water, are actually diamagnetic. Though diamagnetism is a very weak effect compared with ferromagnetism and paramagnetism, it can be used to levitate objects. Compare ferromagnetism paramagnetism. See also Lenz's law.

Other words from diamagnetism

diamagnetic adjective (dī′ə-măg-nĕtĭk)
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