Also especially British, mag·ne·tise.
Origin of magnetize
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Examples from the Web for magnetise
A doctor will magnetise water and cure his patient therewith.
He will magnetise a cloth, and the cloth, laid on the seat of pain, will heal.
She used to say in her sleep, "Magnetise the water by seven vibrations of the harp."
No cruel inhuman despot could magnetise with an enduring fascination multitudes of men and women as he did.The Tragedy of St. Helena
He had heard Mesmer say that he could magnetise bits of wood—why should he not be able to magnetise a whole tree?
- to make (a substance or object) magnetic
- to attract strongly
- an obsolete word for mesmerize
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Word Origin and History for magnetise
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To cause an object to become temporarily or permanently magnetic. For example, an unmagnetized object made of ferromagnetic material consists of molecules that are magnetic but randomly aligned, producing no net magnetic field; exposure to a magnetic field causes the molecules to align themselves with the field, producing their own net field, so that the object as a whole becomes magnetized.
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