magnetic

[ mag-net-ik ]
/ mægˈnɛt ɪk /

adjective

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.
Sometimes mag·net·i·cal.

Origin of magnetic

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

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British Dictionary definitions for magnetic

magnetic

/ (mæɡˈnɛtɪk) /

adjective

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 Forms

magnetically, adverb
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Science definitions for magnetic

magnetic

[ măg-nĕtĭk ]

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

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