[ mag-net-ik ]
/ mægˈnɛt ɪk /


of or relating to a magnet or magnetism.
having the properties of a magnet.
capable of being magnetized or attracted by a magnet.
pertaining to the magnetic field of the earth: the magnetic equator.
exerting a strong attractive power or charm: a magnetic personality.
noting or pertaining to various bearings and measurements as indicated by a magnetic compass: magnetic amplitude; magnetic course; magnetic meridian.

Nearby words

  1. magnet,
  2. magnet school,
  3. magnet steel,
  4. magnet-,
  5. magnetar,
  6. magnetic amplifier,
  7. magnetic anomaly,
  8. magnetic bearing,
  9. magnetic bottle,
  10. magnetic bubble

Sometimes mag·net·i·cal.

Origin of magnetic

From the Late Latin word magnēticus, dating back to 1625–35. See magnet, -ic

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for magnetic


/ (mæɡˈnɛtɪk) /


of, producing, or operated by means of magnetism
of or concerned with a magnet
of or concerned with the magnetism of the earththe magnetic equator
capable of being magnetized
exerting a powerful attractiona magnetic personality
Derived Formsmagnetically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for magnetic



1610s, literal; 1630s, figurative, from Modern Latin magneticus, from Latin magnes (see magnet).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for magnetic


[ măg-nĕtĭk ]

Producing, caused by, or making use of magnetic fields.
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