What does magic mean?

Definitions for magic
ˈmædʒ ɪkmag·ic

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word magic.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. magic, thaumaturgynoun

    any art that invokes supernatural powers

  2. magic trick, conjuring trick, trick, magic, legerdemain, conjuration, thaumaturgy, illusion, deceptionadjective

    an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers

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

    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"


  1. Magicnoun

    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.


  1. magicnoun

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

  2. magicnoun

    A ritual associated with supernatural magic or with mysticism.

  3. magicnoun

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

  4. magicnoun

    A cause not quite understood.

    Magic makes the light go on

  5. magicnoun

    Something spectacular or wonderful.

    movie magic

  6. magicnoun

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

  7. magicverb

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

  8. magicverb

    To produce something, as if by magic.

  9. magicadjective

    Having supernatural talents, properties or qualities attributed to magic.

    a magic wand; a magic dragon

  10. magicadjective

    Featuring illusions that are usually performed for entertainment.

    a magic show; a magic trick

  11. magicadjective

    Wonderful, amazing or incredible.

    a magic moment

  12. magicadjective

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

  13. magicadjective

    Great; ideal.

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

  14. Magicnoun

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


  1. Magic

    Magic is a song by British rock band Coldplay for their sixth studio album, Ghost Stories (2014). It was written and produced by band members Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin, with production assistance from Paul Epworth.


  1. magic

    Magic can be broadly defined as the practice or belief in supernatural powers, rituals, or techniques that are used to manipulate or influence events, people, or natural forces. It often involves the use of spells, incantations, charms, or specific actions to bring about desired outcomes that go beyond normal or natural means. Magic is often associated with various cultural or religious practices and can be perceived as a way to connect with or harness unseen forces or energies. The interpretation and understanding of magic can vary widely across different cultures, traditions, and belief systems.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Magicadjective

    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. Magicadjective

    alt. of Magical

  3. Etymology: [OE. magique, L. magice, Gr. (sc. ), fr. . See Magic, a., and Magi.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Magic

    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

  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.

Editors Contribution

  1. magicnoun

    0.) A remote magnitude of stars or other celestial objects made or formed into an element in higher valence. 1.) The power of apparently influencing the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces. 2.) A wonderful and exciting quality that makes something seem removed from everyday life in a way that gives delight.

    Magic works within a person, place, or thing.

    Etymology: Amazing acts

    Submitted by Tony_Elyon on November 5, 2023  

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  1. magic

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. MAGIC

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Magic is ranked #116829 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Magic surname appeared 149 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Magic.

    53% or 79 total occurrences were White.
    44.3% or 66 total occurrences were Black.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of magic in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of magic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of magic in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Szasz:

    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.

  2. Laurie Essig:

    Of course, it doesn't make sense to spend all that money, but marriage is a magic ritual, and magic will always outweigh more pragmatic stuff, like going down to city hall and filling out forms.

  3. Magic City Little Haiti.But:

    Even if Magic City did not come today, the pace of gentrification is so rapid that our people will not be able to afford homes here anyways, magic City is not the government. Affordable housing policies have to come from the government.

  4. Thomas Szasz, The Second Sin (1973) "Science and Scientism":

    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.

  5. Purvi Raniga:

    Life is magical. Being alive in this present moment is magic. Be in awe of this magic and you will understand how priceless this life is!!

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