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[par-uh-mag-nit, par-uh-mag-]
noun Physics.
  1. a body or substance that, placed in a magnetic field, possesses magnetization in direct proportion to the field strength; a substance in which the magnetic moments of the atoms are not aligned.
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Origin of paramagnet

1905–10; back formation from paramagnetic; see para-1, magnet
Related formspar·a·mag·net·ism, nounpar·a·mag·net·ic [par-uh-mag-net-ik] /ˌpær ə mægˈnɛt ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples of paramagnetism

  • The properties of paramagnetism and diamagnetism are not possessed by solids only, but exist also in liquids and gases.

    Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIV

    John Lord

British Dictionary definitions for paramagnetism


  1. physics the phenomenon exhibited by substances that have a relative permeability slightly greater than unity and a positive susceptibility. The effect is due to the alignment of unpaired spins of electrons in atoms of the materialCompare diamagnetism, ferromagnetism
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Derived Formsparamagnetic (ˌpærəmæɡˈnɛtɪk), adjective
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paramagnetism in Science


  1. The property of being weakly attracted to either pole of a magnet. Paramagnetic materials, such as aluminum and platinum, become slightly magnetized when exposed to a magnetic field, but they lose their magnetism when the field is removed. When these materials are magnetized by a nearby magnet, the orientation of their north and sole poles results in their being attracted to the closest pole of the magnet. Compare diamagnetism ferromagnetism.
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