electromagnet

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

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

Nearby words

  1. electrolytic dissociation,
  2. electrolytic gas,
  3. electrolytic interrupter,
  4. electrolytic machining,
  5. electrolyze,
  6. electromagnetic,
  7. electromagnetic field,
  8. electromagnetic force,
  9. electromagnetic induction,
  10. electromagnetic interaction

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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Word Origin and History for electromagnet

electromagnet

n.

1831; see electro- + magnet.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science 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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Culture definitions for electromagnet

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.

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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