What does magnetism mean?

Definitions for magnetism
ˈmæg nɪˌtɪz əmmag·netism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. magnetism, magnetic attraction, magnetic forcenoun

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

  2. magnetism, magneticsnoun

    the branch of science that studies magnetism


  1. Magnetismnoun

    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.


  1. magnetismnoun

    The property of being magnetic

  2. magnetismnoun

    The science which treats of magnetic phenomena.

  3. magnetismnoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Magnetismnoun

    Power of the loadstone; power of attraction.

    Etymology: from magnet.

    Many other magnetisms, and the like attractions through all the creatures of nature. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. ii.

    By the magnetism of interest our affections are irresistably attracted. Joseph Glanvill, Scep.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Magnetismnoun

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

  2. Magnetismnoun

    the science which treats of magnetic phenomena

  3. Magnetismnoun

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

  4. Etymology: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. magnetism

    The quality of being magnetic.

    Magnetism is used in electronics for various purposes.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 22, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of magnetism in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of magnetism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of magnetism in a Sentence

  1. Travis Tritt:

    And they literally took two steps into the room. There was no announcement that they were there. They just stepped into the room. That's how much magnetism this man [had].

  2. Susan Glasser:

    President Putin, George W. Bush and Barack Obama all thought that they could make friends with Vladimir Putin that could somehow reestablish the relationship, all of them came away believing that personalizing dealings with the United States and Russia was a mistake and that Vladimir Putin was absolutely unsentimental, cold-hearted and not somebody who could be swayed by the great charisma and magnetism of the American presidency.

  3. Tom Waits:

    Sometimes the magnetism of a song is impossible to ignore, and it demands that it be sung in a certain way.

  4. Dick Francis, Twice Shy:

    Physics is the science of all the tremendously powerful invisibilities - of magnetism, electricity, gravity, light, sound, cosmic rays. Physics is the science of the mysteries of the universe. How could anyone think it dull?

  5. Chase LeBlanc:

    In business when you are attracting new business by the positive manner with which you have handled your old business that is called magnetism and it is practically irresistible.

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