[ mag-nee-toh-strik-shuhn ]

  1. a change in dimensions exhibited by ferromagnetic materials when subjected to a magnetic field.

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


/ (mæɡˌniːtəʊˈstrɪkʃən) /

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

Origin of magnetostriction

C19: from magneto- + constriction

Derived forms of magnetostriction

  • magnetostrictive, adjective

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Scientific definitions for magnetostriction


[ măg-nētō-strĭk′shən ]

  1. 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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