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  1. of or relating to a magnet or magnetism.
  2. having the properties of a magnet.
  3. capable of being magnetized or attracted by a magnet.
  4. pertaining to the magnetic field of the earth: the magnetic equator.
  5. exerting a strong attractive power or charm: a magnetic personality.
  6. noting or pertaining to various bearings and measurements as indicated by a magnetic compass: magnetic amplitude; magnetic course; magnetic meridian.
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Sometimes mag·net·i·cal.

Origin of magnetic

From the Late Latin word magnēticus, dating back to 1625–35. See magnet, -ic
Related formsmag·net·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·mag·net·ic, adjectivenon·mag·net·i·cal, adjectivenon·mag·net·i·cal·ly, adverbo·ver·mag·net·ic, adjectiveo·ver·mag·net·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·mag·net·ic, adjectivesem·i·mag·net·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·mag·net·i·cal·ly, adverbun·mag·net·ic, adjectiveun·mag·net·i·cal, adjective


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5. persuasive, charismatic, captivating.
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Historical Examples

  • He could follow his target as though a magnetic power attracted his rifle.

  • Then there came a stir at the door, the magnetic thrill that foreruns a Somebody.

  • The contact of her brave lips drove a magnetic flow of confidence into the man.


    W. A. Fraser

  • The magnetic influence cannot be seen--is this a reason that it does not operate?

  • But she expected the effect of her performance to be magnetic.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

British Dictionary definitions for magnetic


  1. of, producing, or operated by means of magnetism
  2. of or concerned with a magnet
  3. of or concerned with the magnetism of the earththe magnetic equator
  4. capable of being magnetized
  5. exerting a powerful attractiona magnetic personality
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Derived Formsmagnetically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for magnetic


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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

magnetic in Science


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