magnetic mine


noun Navy.

an underwater mine set off by any disturbance of its magnetic field, as by the metal hull of a ship.

Nearby words

  1. magnetic intensity,
  2. magnetic lens,
  3. magnetic levitation,
  4. magnetic memory storage,
  5. magnetic meridian,
  6. magnetic mirror,
  7. magnetic moment,
  8. magnetic monopole,
  9. magnetic needle,
  10. magnetic north


Origin of magnetic mine

First recorded in 1935–40

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British Dictionary definitions for magnetic mine

magnetic mine

noun

a mine designed to activate when a magnetic field such as that generated by the metal of a ship's hull is detected
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