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magnetic

[mag-net-ik]
adjective
  1. of or relating to a magnet or magnetism.
  2. having the properties of a magnet.
  3. capable of being magnetized or attracted by a magnet.
  4. pertaining to the magnetic field of the earth: the magnetic equator.
  5. exerting a strong attractive power or charm: a magnetic personality.
  6. noting or pertaining to various bearings and measurements as indicated by a magnetic compass: magnetic amplitude; magnetic course; magnetic meridian.
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Sometimes mag·net·i·cal.

Origin of magnetic

From the Late Latin word magnēticus, dating back to 1625–35. See magnet, -ic
Related formsmag·net·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·mag·net·ic, adjectivenon·mag·net·i·cal, adjectivenon·mag·net·i·cal·ly, adverbo·ver·mag·net·ic, adjectiveo·ver·mag·net·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·mag·net·ic, adjectivesem·i·mag·net·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·mag·net·i·cal·ly, adverbun·mag·net·ic, adjectiveun·mag·net·i·cal, adjective

Synonyms

5. persuasive, charismatic, captivating.
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Examples from the Web for nonmagnetic

Historical Examples

  • Magnets didn't help, because the screws were nonmagnetic for what seemed pretty good reasons.

    The Trouble with Telstar

    John Berryman

  • The silicate rocks ran only about twenty-five per cent iron—in the form of nonmagnetic compounds.

    Anchorite

    Randall Garrett

  • The nonmagnetic stony asteroids are an absolute necessity for the Belt Cities.

    Thin Edge

    Gordon Randall Garrett


British Dictionary definitions for nonmagnetic

magnetic

adjective
  1. of, producing, or operated by means of magnetism
  2. of or concerned with a magnet
  3. of or concerned with the magnetism of the earththe magnetic equator
  4. capable of being magnetized
  5. exerting a powerful attractiona magnetic personality
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Derived Formsmagnetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for nonmagnetic

magnetic

adj.

1610s, literal; 1630s, figurative, from Modern Latin magneticus, from Latin magnes (see magnet).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

nonmagnetic in Science

magnetic

[măg-nĕtĭk]
  1. Producing, caused by, or making use of magnetic fields.
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