Definition of magnet in English:

magnet

Line breaks: mag¦net
Pronunciation: /ˈmaɡnɪt
 
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noun

1A piece of iron or other material which has its component atoms so ordered that the material exhibits properties of magnetism, such as attracting other iron-containing objects or aligning itself in an external magnetic field.
More example sentences
  • Ferroelectric materials can create an electric field the way iron magnets create a magnetic field.
  • Understanding more complex substances is the key to designing materials for stronger magnets in order to build more efficient and powerful electrical generators and motors.
  • Iron, cobalt and nickel are the best known metallic magnets, and their magnetic properties are governed by the conduction electrons that are free to move throughout the metal.
Synonyms
lodestone, magnetite; field magnet, bar magnet, horseshoe magnet, transverse magnet, electromagnet, electret, solenoid, diamagnet, antiferromagnet, magnetoid, wiggler
1.1A person or thing that has a powerful attraction: the beautiful stretch of white sand is a magnet for sun-worshippers
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  • Mansion House was a magnet for the powerful, both native and foreign.
  • The Italian city of marble and water is a magnet for art-lovers, but culture is not the only attraction.
  • Over the last few years the Manx isle has become a magnet for top movie producers, who are lured by a variety of landscapes in a compact area and by the financial incentives laid on by the Isle of Man Film Commission.
Synonyms
1.2 archaic term for lodestone.

Origin

late Middle English (denoting lodestone): from Latin magnes, magnet-, from Greek magnēs lithos 'lodestone', probably influenced by Anglo-Norman French magnete (from Latin magnes, magnet-).

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