electromagnet

[ ih-lek-troh-mag-nit ]
/ ɪˌlɛk troʊˈmæg nɪt /

noun

a device consisting of an iron or steel core that is magnetized by electric current in a coil that surrounds it.

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Origin of electromagnet

First recorded in 1815–25; electro- + magnet
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British Dictionary definitions for electromagnet

electromagnet
/ (ɪˌlɛktrəʊˈmæɡnɪt) /

noun

a magnet consisting of an iron or steel core wound with a coil of wire, through which a current is passed
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Scientific definitions for electromagnet

electromagnet
[ ĭ-lĕk′trō-măgnĭt ]

A device consisting of a coil of insulated wire wrapped around an iron core that becomes magnetized when an electric current flows through the wire. Electromagnets are used to convert electrical control signals into mechanical movements. See Note at magnetism.
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Cultural definitions for electromagnet (1 of 2)

electromagnet

A magnet created by passing an electric current (see also current) through coils of wire. Such magnets are widely used in common electrical systems.

Cultural definitions for electromagnet (2 of 2)

electromagnet

A magnet created by passing an electric current (see also current) through coils of wire. Electromagnets are widely used in common electrical systems.

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