Definitions for magicˈmædʒ ɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mag•icˈmædʒ ɪk(n.)

  1. the art of producing illusions, as by sleight of hand.

  2. the practice of using various techniques, as incantation, to exert control over the supernatural or the forces of nature.

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  3. a result of such practice.

  4. power or influence exerted through this practice.

  5. any extraordinary influence or power:

    the magic of fame.

  6. (adj.)done by or employed in magic:

    a magic trick.

  7. mysteriously enchanting, skillful, or effective.

Origin of magic:

1350–1400; < LL magica, L magicē < Gk magikḗ, fem. of magikós. See Magus , -ic

Princeton's WordNet

  1. magic, thaumaturgy(noun)

    any art that invokes supernatural powers

  2. magic trick, conjuring trick, trick, magic, legerdemain, conjuration, thaumaturgy, illusion, deception(adj)

    an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers

  3. charming, magic, magical, sorcerous, witching(a), wizard(a), wizardly(adj)

    possessing or using or characteristic of or appropriate to supernatural powers

    "charming incantations"; "magic signs that protect against adverse influence"; "a magical spell"; "'tis now the very witching time of night"- Shakespeare; "wizard wands"; "wizardly powers"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. magic(noun)ˈmædʒ ɪk

    the power to make impossible things happen

    witches who use magic

  2. magicˈmædʒ ɪk

    the art or skill of doing tricks

    magic tricks; a performer who does magic for kids

  3. magicˈmædʒ ɪk

    the quality of being very exciting, beautiful, and mysterious

    the magic of traveling to somewhere completely new

  4. magic(adjective)ˈmædʒ ɪk

    having or showing the power of magic

    magic tricks

  5. magicˈmædʒ ɪk

    having a quality that makes things seem exciting, beautiful, and mysterious

    the magic moment when she thought he might kiss her

  6. magicˈmædʒ ɪk

    the ability to make sth difficult happen or work

    He has the magic touch when it comes to selling things.


  1. magic(Noun)

    Allegedly supernatural charm, spell or other method to dominate natural forces.

  2. magic(Noun)

    A ritual associated with supernatural magic or with mysticism.

  3. magic(Noun)

    An illusion performed to give the appearance of magic or the supernatural.

  4. magic(Noun)

    A cause not quite understood.

    Magic makes the light go on

  5. magic(Noun)

    Something spectacular or wonderful.

    movie magic

  6. magic(Noun)

    Any behaviour of a program or algorithm that cannot be explained or is yet to be defined or implemented.

  7. magic(Verb)

    To cast a magic spell on or at someone or something.

  8. magic(Verb)

    To produce something, as if by magic.

  9. magic(Adjective)

    Having supernatural talents, properties or qualities attributed to magic.

    a magic wand; a magic dragon

  10. magic(Adjective)

    Featuring illusions that are usually performed for entertainment.

    a magic show; a magic trick

  11. magic(Adjective)

    Wonderful, amazing or incredible.

    a magic moment

  12. magic(Adjective)

    Describing the number of nucleons in a particularly stable isotopic nucleus; 2, 8, 20, 28, 50, 82, 126, and 184

  13. magic(Adjective)

    Great; ideal.

    uE00070402uE001 I cleaned up the flat while you were out. uE00070403uE001 Really? Magic!

  14. Magic(ProperNoun)

    The decrypted Japanese messages produced by US cryptographers in and prior to World War II.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Magic(adj)

    a comprehensive name for all of the pretended arts which claim to produce effects by the assistance of supernatural beings, or departed spirits, or by a mastery of secret forces in nature attained by a study of occult science, including enchantment, conjuration, witchcraft, sorcery, necromancy, incantation, etc

  2. Magic(adj)

    alt. of Magical


  1. MAGIC

    MAGIC is a system of two Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes situated at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on La Palma, one of the Canary Islands, at about 2200 m above sea level. MAGIC detects particle showers released by gamma rays, using the Cherenkov radiation, i.e., faint light radiated by the charged particles in the showers. With a diameter of 17 meters for the reflecting surface, it was the largest in the world before the construction of H.E.S.S. II. The first telescope was built in 2004 and operated for five years in standalone mode. A second MAGIC telescope, at a distance of 85 m from the first one, started taking data in July 2009. Together they integrate the MAGIC telescope stereoscopic system. MAGIC is sensitive to cosmic gamma rays with energies between 50 GeV and 30 TeV due to its large mirror; other ground-based gamma-ray telescopes typically observe gamma energies above 200-300 GeV. Satellite-based detectors detect gamma-rays in the energy range from keV up to several GeV.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Magic

    the pretended art to which extraordinary and marvellous effects are ascribed, of evoking and subjecting to the human will supernatural powers, and of producing by means of them apparitions, incantations, cures, &c., and the practice of which we find prevailing in all superstitious ages of the world and among superstitious people. See Superstition.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. magic

    1. adj. As yet unexplained, or too complicated to explain; compare automagically and (Arthur C.) Clarke's Third Law: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” “TTY echoing is controlled by a large number of magic bits.” “This routine magically computes the parity of an 8-bit byte in three instructions.” 2. adj. Characteristic of something that works although no one really understands why (this is especially called black magic). 3. n. [Stanford] A feature not generally publicized that allows something otherwise impossible, or a feature formerly in that category but now unveiled. 4. n. The ultimate goal of all engineering & development, elegance in the extreme; from the first corollary to Clarke's Third Law: “Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced”.Parodies playing on these senses of the term abound; some have made their way into serious documentation, as when a MAGIC directive was described in the Control Card Reference for GCOS c.1978. For more about hackish ‘magic’, see Appendix A. Compare black magic, wizardly, deep magic, heavy wizardry.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Magic

    Beliefs and practices concerned with producing desired results through supernatural forces or agents as with the manipulation of fetishes or rituals.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'magic' in Nouns Frequency: #2321

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'magic' in Adjectives Frequency: #697

Anagrams of magic

  1. gamic

Translations for magic

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(the charms, spells etc used in) the art or practice of using supernatural forces

The prince was turned by magic into a frog.

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