magnetic south

The direction toward which the south-seeking arrow of a compass points.♦ The magnetic south pole is the southern pole of the Earth's magnetic field and changes slightly in response to variations in the Earth's magnetism. The current magnetic south pole is located in the Antarctic Ocean. Compare geographic south.

Nearby words

  1. magnetic resonance scan,
  2. magnetic resonance scanner,
  3. magnetic reversal,
  4. magnetic roasting,
  5. magnetic rotation,
  6. magnetic star,
  7. magnetic storm,
  8. magnetic strip,
  9. magnetic stripe,
  10. magnetic susceptibility

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