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diamagnetic

[dahy-uh-mag-net-ik]
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adjective Physics.
  1. 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.
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Origin of diamagnetic

First recorded in 1840–50; dia- + magnetic
Related formsdi·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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Historical Examples

  • These rays impinge upon a diamagnetic surface which is concave.

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    Sepharial

  • A diamagnetic body is one which is not so magnetic as the medium in which it is suspended.

  • Water is diamagnetic, sulphate of iron is strongly magnetic.

  • Nitrogen is neither paramagnetic nor diamagnetic, and is equivalent to a vacuum.

  • Bodies that point equatorially, or are diamagnetic, like Faraday's heavy glass.


British Dictionary definitions for diamagnetic

diamagnetic

adjective
  1. of, exhibiting, or concerned with diamagnetism
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Derived Formsdiamagnetically, adverb
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diamagnetic in Science

diamagnetism

[dī′ə-măgnĭ-tĭz′əm]
  1. 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.
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Related formsdiamagnetic adjective (dī′ə-măg-nĕtĭk)
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