/ (ˈmæɡnɪtɑː) /
a type of neutron star that has a very intense magnetic field, over 1000 times greater than that of a pulsar
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Word Origin for magnetar
C20: from magnet (ic) (st) ar, on the model of quasar
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Example sentences from the Web for magnetar
That extra spin in the progenitor star might have been enough to give the neutron star more magnetic power, making it a magnetar.
Scientific definitions for magnetar
[ măg′nə-tär′ ]
A neutron star with a very strong magnetic field. Magnetars are the proposed sources of observed gamma ray bursts.
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