any art that invokes supernatural powers
magic trick, conjuring trick, trick, magic, legerdemain, conjuration, thaumaturgy, illusion, deception(adj)
an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
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"
The art of creating illusions which appear to the observer to be inexplicable except by some supernatural influence; it includes simple sleight of hand (legerdemain) as well as more elaborate stage magic, using special devices constructed to produce mystifying effects; as, the magic of David Copperfield. It is practised as an entertainment, by magicians who do not pretend to have supernatural powers.
Origin: [OE. magique, L. magice, Gr. (sc. ), fr. . See Magic, a., and Magi.]
Allegedly supernatural charm, spell or other method to dominate natural forces.
A ritual associated with supernatural magic or with mysticism.
An illusion performed to give the appearance of magic or the supernatural.
A cause not quite understood.
Magic makes the light go on
Something spectacular or wonderful.
Any behaviour of a program or algorithm that cannot be explained or is yet to be defined or implemented.
To cast a magic spell on or at someone or something.
To produce something, as if by magic.
Having supernatural talents, properties or qualities attributed to magic.
a magic wand; a magic dragon
Featuring illusions that are usually performed for entertainment.
a magic show; a magic trick
Wonderful, amazing or incredible.
a magic moment
Describing the number of nucleons in a particularly stable isotopic nucleus; 2, 8, 20, 28, 50, 82, 126, and 184
uE00070402uE001 I cleaned up the flat while you were out. uE00070403uE001 Really? Magic!
The decrypted Japanese messages produced by US cryptographers in and prior to World War II.
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
alt. of Magical
Origin: [OE. magique, L. magice, Gr. (sc. ), fr. . See Magic, a., and Magi.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
maj′ik, n. the pretended art of producing marvellous results by the aid of spirits, or of the secret forces of nature: enchantment: sorcery.—adjs. Mag′ic, -al, pertaining to, used in, or done by magic: causing wonderful or startling results.—adv. Mag′ically.—ns. Magic′ian, one skilled in magic: a wizard: an enchanter; Mag′ic-lan′tern (see Lantern).—Magic square, a square filled with rows of figures so arranged that the sums of all the rows will be the same, perpendicularly or horizontally—as 2, 7, 6; 9, 5, 1; 4, 3, 8, &c.; there are also Magic circles, cubes, cylinders, and spheres similarly arranged.—Black magic, the black art, magic by means of union with evil spirits; Natural magic, the art of working wonders by a superior knowledge of the powers of nature; White magic, magic without the aid of the devil. [O. Fr. magique—L.,—Gr. See Magi.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
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. 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
Beliefs and practices concerned with producing desired results through supernatural forces or agents as with the manipulation of fetishes or rituals.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'magic' in Nouns Frequency: #2321
Rank popularity for the word 'magic' in Adjectives Frequency: #697
The numerical value of magic in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of magic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Magic of the nights is always much impressive than the magic of the days!
Love can sometimes be magic. But magic can sometimes...just be an illusion.
We're not afraid to exit businesses where we think we've performed our magic and have moved on, but for now, that is a really great EPS growth company.
Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.
Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.
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Translations for magic
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- toorkuns, toorderyAfrikaans
- ма́гія, чараўні́цтваBelarusian
- màgic, màgiaCatalan, Valencian
- kouzelný, magie, čarování, kouzlaCzech
- Magie, Zauber, Zauberei, magischGerman
- μαγικός, ταχυδακτυλουργικός, μαγεία, ταχυδακτυλουργίαGreek
- جادویی, جادو, تردستی, شعبده بازيPersian
- taikoa, taikuruus, taianomainen, taika-, maaginen, taikuus, taikamenot, noitamenot, magia, taikatemppu, loihtia, silmänkääntötemppu, taika, taikuri-, lumoavaFinnish
- magy, tsjoendWestern Frisian
- bűvös, mágia, varázslat, varázsos, varázsHungarian
- マジック, 魔術, 魔法, 手品Japanese
- magus, magia, magicus, veneficium, magice, artes magicae, artes magae, magicaeLatin
- magesch, MagieLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- sihir, saktiMalay
- ပဉ္စလက်, မျက်လှည့်Burmese
- tovenarij, toverij, toverkracht, magie, goochelkunst, magisch, toverkunst, feeëriek, illusionisme, betoverendDutch
- álíílNavajo, Navaho
- magiczny, magiaPolish
- mágica, mágico, magiaPortuguese
- magie, fermecător, magic, minunatRomanian
- волше́бный, колдовство́, колдовско́й, маги́ческий, волшебство́, ма́гия, фо́кус, магияRussian
- врачање, vradžbina, чаролија, магија, čarolija, magija, мађија, mađija, vračanje, враџбинаSerbo-Croatian
- čarovnija, magijaSlovene
- boloiSouthern Sotho
- magi, trolldom, trolleri, magiskaSwedish
- salamangka, mahikaTagalog
- büyü, sihirliTurkish
- чарівни́цтво, ма́гія, чаклу́нство, фо́кусUkrainian
- magiv, magivikVolapük
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