permanent magnet


a magnet that retains its magnetism after being removed from an external magnetic field.

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Origin of permanent magnet

First recorded in 1820–30

Related formspermanent magnetism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for permanent magnet

permanent magnet


a magnet, often of steel, that retains its magnetization after the magnetic field producing it has been removed
Derived Formspermanent magnetism, noun

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Science definitions for permanent magnet

permanent magnet

[ pûrmə-nənt ]

A piece of ferromagnetic material that retains its magnetism after it has been magnetized.
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