Definitions for electromagnetismɛˌlɛk troʊˈmæg nɪˌtɪz əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

e•lec•tro•mag•net•ismɛˌlɛk troʊˈmæg nɪˌtɪz əm(n.)

  1. the phenomena associated with electric and magnetic fields and their interactions with each other and with electric charges and currents.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism, Physics

  2. the science that studies these phenomena.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism, Physics

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. electromagnetism(noun)

    magnetism produced by an electric current

    "electromagnetism was discovered when it was observed that a copper wire carrying an electric current can magnetize pieces of iron or steel near it"

  2. electromagnetism, electromagnetics(noun)

    the branch of physics concerned with electromagnetic phenomena


  1. electromagnetism(Noun)

    A unified fundamental force that combines the aspects of electricity and magnetism and is one of the four fundamental forces. (technically it can be unified with weak nuclear to form electroweak) Its gauge boson is the photon.

  2. electromagnetism(Noun)

    Electricity and magnetism, collectively, as a field of study.


  1. Electromagnetism

    The electromagnetic force is one of the four fundamental interactions in nature, the other three being the strong interaction, the weak interaction, and gravitation. This force is described by electromagnetic fields, and has innumerable physical instances including the interaction of electrically charged particles and the interaction of uncharged magnetic force fields with electrical conductors. The word electromagnetism is a compound form of two Greek terms, ἢλεκτρον, ēlektron, "amber", and μαγνήτης, magnētēs, "magnet". The science of electromagnetic phenomena is defined in terms of the electromagnetic force, sometimes called the Lorentz force, which includes both electricity and magnetism as elements of one phenomenon. The electromagnetic force is the interaction responsible for almost all the phenomena encountered in daily life, with the exception of gravity. Ordinary matter takes its form as a result of intermolecular forces between individual molecules in matter. Electrons are bound by electromagnetic wave mechanics into orbitals around atomic nuclei to form atoms, which are the building blocks of molecules. This governs the processes involved in chemistry, which arise from interactions between the electrons of neighboring atoms, which are in turn determined by the interaction between electromagnetic force and the momentum of the electrons.


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