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  1. of or relating to electromagnetism or electromagnetic fields.
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Origin of electromagnetic

First recorded in 1815–25; electro- + magnetic
Related formse·lec·tro·mag·net·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of electromagnetic

  • Apply the first two laws of electromagnetic induction to the dynamo.


    Willis Eugene Tower

  • It clung to it with an electromagnetic train, bleeding it of data.

  • That will stop most electromagnetic radiation, but not this stuff!

    Operation Terror

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • The dynamo is a machine which converts mechanical energy into electrical energy by electromagnetic induction.

  • The fitness of this definition is apparent, having in mind the principles of electromagnetic induction.

British Dictionary definitions for electromagnetic


  1. of, containing, or operated by an electromagnetan electromagnetic pump
  2. of, relating to, or consisting of electromagnetismelectromagnetic moment
  3. of or relating to electromagnetic radiationthe electromagnetic spectrum
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Derived Formselectromagnetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for electromagnetic


1821; see electro- + magnetic.

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