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magnetostriction

[ mag-nee-toh-strik-shuhn ]
/ mægˌni toʊˈstrɪk ʃən /
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noun Physics.
a change in dimensions exhibited by ferromagnetic materials when subjected to a magnetic field.
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Origin of magnetostriction

First recorded in 1895–1900; magneto- + (con)striction

OTHER WORDS FROM magnetostriction

mag·ne·to·stric·tive [mag-nee-tuh-strik-tiv], /mægˌni təˈstrɪk tɪv/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for magnetostriction

magnetostriction
/ (mæɡˌniːtəʊˈstrɪkʃən) /

noun
a change in dimensions of a ferromagnetic material that is subjected to a magnetic field

Derived forms of magnetostriction

magnetostrictive, adjective

Word Origin for magnetostriction

C19: from magneto- + constriction
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Scientific definitions for magnetostriction

magnetostriction
[ măg-nētō-strĭk′shən ]

The change in shape and density of a substance, especially a ferromagnetic substance, when exposed to a magnetic field. The change depends on the direction and strength of the magnetic field. Rapid, alternating magnetostriction causes the iron cores of household transformers, which are subject to a changing magnetic field, to hum or buzz.
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