What does magnet mean?

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ˈmæg nɪtmag·net

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. magnetnoun

    (physics) a device that attracts iron and produces a magnetic field

  2. attraction, attractor, attracter, attractive feature, magnetnoun

    a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts

    "flowers are an attractor for bees"


  1. magnetnoun

    A piece of material that attracts some metals by magnetism.

  2. magnetnoun

    A person or thing that attracts what is denoted by the preceding noun.

    He always had a girl on his arm - he's a bit of a babe-magnet.

  3. Etymology: From the Greek μαγνήτης λίθος (magnítis líthos), magnesian stone.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. MAGNETnoun

    The lodestone; the stone that attracts iron.

    Etymology: magnes, Latin.

    Two magnets, heav’n and earth, allure to bliss,
    The larger loadstone that, the nearer this. Dryden.

    It may be reasonable to ask, whether obeying the magnet be essential to iron? John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Magnetnoun

    the loadstone; a species of iron ore (the ferrosoferric or magnetic ore, Fe3O4) which has the property of attracting iron and some of its ores, and, when freely suspended, of pointing to the poles; -- called also natural magnet

  2. Magnetnoun

    a bar or mass of steel or iron to which the peculiar properties of the loadstone have been imparted; -- called, in distinction from the loadstone, an artificial magnet

  3. Etymology: [OE. magnete, OF. magnete, L. magnes, -etis, Gr. Magnh^tis li`qos a magnet, metal that looked like silver, prop., Magnesian stone, fr. Gr. Magnhsi`a, a country in Thessaly. Cf. Magnesia, Manganese.]


  1. Magnet

    A magnet is a material or object that produces a magnetic field. This magnetic field is invisible but is responsible for the most notable property of a magnet: a force that pulls on other ferromagnetic materials, such as iron, and attracts or repels other magnets. A permanent magnet is an object made from a material that is magnetized and creates its own persistent magnetic field. An everyday example is a refrigerator magnet used to hold notes on a refrigerator door. Materials that can be magnetized, which are also the ones that are strongly attracted to a magnet, are called ferromagnetic. These include iron, nickel, cobalt, some alloys of rare earth metals, and some naturally occurring minerals such as lodestone. Although ferromagnetic materials are the only ones attracted to a magnet strongly enough to be commonly considered magnetic, all other substances respond weakly to a magnetic field, by one of several other types of magnetism. Ferromagnetic materials can be divided into magnetically "soft" materials like annealed iron, which can be magnetized but do not tend to stay magnetized, and magnetically "hard" materials, which do. Permanent magnets are made from "hard" ferromagnetic materials such as alnico and ferrite that are subjected to special processing in a powerful magnetic field during manufacture, to align their internal microcrystalline structure, making them very hard to demagnetize. To demagnetize a saturated magnet, a certain magnetic field must be applied, and this threshold depends on coercivity of the respective material. "Hard" materials have high coercivity, whereas "soft" materials have low coercivity.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Magnet

    mag′net, n. the lodestone, an iron ore which attracts iron, and, when hung so that it can move freely, points to the poles: a bar or piece of steel to which the properties of the lodestone have been imparted.—adjs. Magnet′ic, -al, pertaining to the magnet: having the properties of the magnet: attractive.—adv. Magnet′ically.—ns. Magnetic′ian, Mag′netist, one versed in magnetism.—adj. Magnetis′able.—n. Magnetisā′tion.—v.t. Mag′netise, to render magnetic: to attract as if by a magnet.—v.i. to become magnetic.—ns. Mag′netiser, one who, or that which, imparts magnetism; Mag′netism, the cause of the attractive power of the magnet: attraction: the science which treats of the properties of the magnet—(Animal magnetism, Mesmer's name for the phenomena of mesmerism; Terrestrial magnetism, the magnetic properties possessed by the earth as a whole); Mag′netist, one skilled in magnetism.—adjs. Mag′neto-elec′tric, -al, pertaining to magneto-electricity.—ns. Mag′neto-electric′ity, electricity produced by the action of magnets: the science which treats of electricity produced by magnetism; Bar′-mag′net, a magnet in the form of a bar.—Magnetic battery, several magnets placed with their like poles together, so as to act with great force; Magnetic curves, the curves formed by iron-filings around the poles of a magnet; Magnetic equator, the line round the earth where the magnetic needle remains horizontal; Magnetic field, the space over which magnetic force is felt; Magnetic fluid, a hypothetical fluid assumed to explain the phenomena of magnetism; Magnetic meridian, the meridian lying in the direction in which the magnetic needle points; Magnetic needle, the light bar in the mariner's compass which, because it is magnetised, points always to the north; Magnetic north, that point of the horizon which is indicated by the direction of the magnetic needle; Magnetic poles, two nearly opposite points on the earth's surface, where the dip of the needle is 90°; Magnetic storm, a disturbance in the magnetism of the earth or air, which causes the magnetic needle to move rapidly backwards and forwards.—Artificial magnet, a magnet made by rubbing with other magnets; Horse-shoe magnet, a magnet bent like a horse-shoe; Permanent magnet, a magnet that keeps its magnetism after the force which magnetised it has been removed. [Through O. Fr., from L. magnes, a magnet—Gr. magnēs=Magnesian stone, from Magnēsia, in Lydia or Thessaly.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Magnet

    the name given to loadstone as first discovered in Magnesia, a town in Asia Minor; also to a piece of iron, nickel, or cobalt having similar properties, notably the power of setting itself in a definite direction; also a coil of wire carrying an electric current, because such a coil really possesses the properties characteristic of an iron magnet.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Magnet

    A body which tends when suspended by its centre of gravity to lay itself in a definite direction, and to place a definite line within it, its magnetic axis, q. v., in a definite direction, which, roughly speaking, lies north and south. The same bodies have the power of attracting iron (Daniell), also nickel and cobalt. Magnets are substances which possess the power of attracting iron. (Ganot.) [Transcriber's note: Edward Purcell and others have explained magnetic and electromagnetic phenomenon as relativistic effects related to electrostatic attraction. Magnetism is caused by Lorentz contraction of space along the direction of a current. Electromagnetic waves are caused by charge acceleration and the resulting disturbance of the electrostatic field. (Electricity and Magnetism: Berkeley Physics Course Volume 2, 1960)]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. magnet

    See COMPASS.

Editors Contribution

  1. magnet

    Is a type of material and product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes and sizes.

    Magnets are used in a variety of instruments e.g. Computers, card readers, televisions, motors, generators, speakers etc.

    Submitted by MaryC on November 24, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of magnet in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of magnet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of magnet in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    I’ve gotta use some tic tacs, just in case I start kissing her, you know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful -- I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.

  2. Jane Seymour:

    People say, ‘You’re like a phoenix.’ No, I just had a strong role model in my mother, everyone will have challenges. Your natural instinct is to close up your heart and let it eat you up. Do something to help someone else. It will heal you. You’ll be like a magnet when you do that. Light to firefly.

  3. Bill Ford:

    A lot of the tech companies have really wonderful campuses, but none of them have anything like this, i think this will be a great magnet for talent.

  4. Brent Hoberman:

    It's a global arms race but London is still ahead, i think London absolutely remains as the global magnet for tech talent.

  5. Jimmy Borah:

    The Greater Mekong region is a magnet for the world’s conservation scientists because of the incredible diversity of species that continue to be discovered here, these scientists, the unsung heroes of the planet, know they are racing against time to ensure that these newly discovered species are protected and saved.

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