a slender magnetized steel rod that, when adjusted to swing in a horizontal plane, as in a compass, indicates the direction of the earth's magnetic fields or the approximate position of north and south.
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Origin of magnetic needle
First recorded in 1840–50
Words nearby magnetic needle
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Example sentences from the Web for magnetic needle
Theory of the diurnal variation of the magnetic-needle, illustrated by experiments.
FLY, or Compass-card, placed on the magnetic-needle and supported by a pin, whereon it turns freely.The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for magnetic needle
a slender magnetized rod used in certain instruments, such as the magnetic compass, for indicating the direction of a magnetic field
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