Definitions for magnetic needle

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

magnet′ic nee′dle(n.)

  1. a slender magnetized steel rod that when adjusted to swing in a horizontal plane, as in a compass, indicates the direction of the earth's magnetic fields.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

Origin of magnetic needle:

1840–50

Princeton's WordNet

  1. magnetic needle(noun)

    a slender magnet suspended in a magnetic compass on a mounting with little friction; used to indicate the direction of the earth's magnetic pole

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Magnetic Needle

    A magnet with a cup or small depression at its centre and poised upon a sharp pin so as to be free to rotate or oscillate in a horizontal plane. The cup is often made of agate. Left free to take any position, it places its magnetic axis in the magnetic meridian.

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