Definitions for magnetismˈmæg nɪˌtɪz əm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. magnetism, magnetic attraction, magnetic force(noun)

    attraction for iron; associated with electric currents as well as magnets; characterized by fields of force

  2. magnetism, magnetics(noun)

    the branch of science that studies magnetism


  1. Magnetism(n.)

    The property, quality, or state, of being magnetic; the manifestation of the force in nature which is seen in a magnet. At one time it was believed to be separate from the electrical force, but it is now known to be intimately associated with electricity, as part of the phenomenon of electromagnetism.

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. magntisme.]


  1. magnetism(Noun)

    The property of being magnetic

  2. magnetism(Noun)

    The science which treats of magnetic phenomena.

  3. magnetism(Noun)

    Power of attraction; power to excite the feelings and to gain the affections.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Magnetism(noun)

    the property, quality, or state, of being magnetic; the manifestation of the force in nature which is seen in a magnet

  2. Magnetism(noun)

    the science which treats of magnetic phenomena

  3. Magnetism(noun)

    power of attraction; power to excite the feelings and to gain the affections

  4. Origin: [Cf. F. magntisme.]


  1. Magnetism

    Magnetism is a class of physical phenomena that includes forces exerted by magnets on other magnets. It has its origin in electric currents and the fundamental magnetic moments of elementary particles. These give rise to a magnetic field that acts on other currents and moments. All materials are influenced to some extent by a magnetic field. The strongest effect is on permanent magnets, which have persistent magnetic moments caused by ferromagnetism. Most materials do not have permanent moments. Some are attracted to a magnetic field; others are repulsed by a magnetic field; others have a much more complex relationship with an applied magnetic field. Substances that are negligibly affected by magnetic fields are known as non-magnetic substances. They include copper, aluminium, gases, and plastic. Pure oxygen exhibits magnetic properties when cooled to a liquid state. The magnetic state of a material depends on temperature so that a material may exhibit more than one form of magnetism depending on its temperature, etc.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Magnetism

    the branch of science devoted to the study of the properties of magnets, and of electric currents in their magnetic relations; sometimes also used to denote the subtle influence supposed to lie at the root of all magnetic phenomena, of the true nature of which nothing is known. See Animal Magnetism.

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