One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A magazine (periodical)‘the bestselling rock mag in Britain’
- ‘I read every skate mag, front to back.’
- ‘Last month was a great meeting with a dozen enthusiasts, including an ex-Isle of Man bike racer and a lovely old chap from Australia who gave me some 20 year old car mags from Down-under.’
- ‘Adults have celebrity mags and glossies, but kids don't care about big names.’
- ‘The monthly mag will start its life in electronic form, but who knows what the future may bring?’
- ‘I started my journalistic career on student mags, initially on Imperial College, London's Felix and later on Queen Mary College's Cub after I switched both college and degree.’
- ‘By day, Prato acts as a café with the requisite papers and mags laid out on the back of a high, leather banquette.’
- ‘Magazines, the new store on Church Street, offers foreign mags and back issues at unbelievable prices’
- ‘Not only did they give away free copies of their mag, they also gave away three month subscriptions as well.’
- ‘A print campaign will appear in Sports Illustrated, buff books and trade mags.’
- ‘Today was a long and busy day, but with a great sense of satisfaction at the end as I signed off the last page of the next issue of the mag and it was sent to the printer.’
- ‘A quick flick through the big monthly computer mags reveals a few ads from dealers still pushing the software.’
- ‘Do you remember the days when you would open a glossy mag and fall in love with a to-die-for dress, some sensational shoes and a must-have handbag only to find out they wouldn't be coming to a high street near you?’
- ‘Today was the deadline for the first news stand issue of the mag.’
- ‘The final date for submissions for the special hardback last issue of the mag was Sunday 10 July.’
- ‘The good people at Chart were handing out complimentary copies of the mag and I thought that this was all pretty cool.’
- ‘Most of my life has been documented in one gossip mag or another, Lisa.’
- ‘I've been writing this article all week for the glossy mag about inspirational Western Australians.’
- ‘The glossy mags are bought and paid for - and, in some cases, owned by the media conglomerates who own the record companies of the ‘artists’ they are trying to sell to you.’
- ‘Read a few gossip mags and call your astrologer in the morning.’
- ‘London audiences are notoriously bad at reacting well to anything that hasn't been pre-certified as ‘cool’ by the style mags and weekly newspapers.’
2A magazine (of ammunition)‘I've only got one spare mag for the Browning’
- ‘This gave you a finger hold to get the mags out of the pouch.’
- ‘Shove a mag into your SFSS-converted Browning Hi-Power or 1911, and chamber a round.’
- ‘The recoil from a .44 mag with a 4-inch barrel is horrid, and I shoot much better with .38's.’
- ‘Immediately behind the working magazine is a spare mag held inside the stock by friction.’
- ‘It held 11 rounds using a truncated copy of the S&W Model 59 magazine, and it would work with any series 5900 or 6900 mag as well.’
- ‘Included with the gun was a patented double magazine pouch that used a magnet to hold the spare mags.’
- ‘The padded shoulder straps were comfortable, even when the four pouches were stuffed full of M16 mags, a total of 360 rounds.’
- ‘This is neatly accomplished by having a curved, spring steel retainer that only releases the rounds once the mag is locked into the receiver housing's feed tray.’
3mass noun Magnesium or magnesium alloy.
- ‘Magnesium alloy wheels, or "mag wheels", are sometimes used on racing cars, in place of heavier steel or aluminum wheels, for better performance.’
- ‘Mag mobile phones and laptops, mag taps, mag door handles, mag car trim, even mag power tools are set to transform the look, performance, feel and durability of hundreds of familiar items, thanks to a discovery by Australian scientists.’
- ‘Don't worry about shutting off the fuel and mags on the inoperative engine at these low altitudes.’
- ‘Many manufacturers also offer a remote option that allows the rider to adjust the mag unit from a lever on the handlebar.’
- ‘It was then that I checked the mags on one of the Mustangs with the belt around the stick.’
5Magnitude (of stars or other celestial objects).
- ‘As a rough guide a decent 50mm pair of binoculars will take you from the naked eye limit of around mag. +6, to about mag. +10 (in suitable skies).’
- ‘The magnitude dependent error is the brightness when the error becomes 1.0 mag.’
verb[no object]NZ, Australian
chat, talk idly, chatter, prattle, prate, go on, run on, rattle away, rattle on, gossip, tittle-tattle, tattle, ramble, gabble, jabber, babble, blather, blether, blither, twitter, maunder, drivel, patter, yap, jibber-jabber, cackleView synonyms
- ‘I just got a bit waylaid magging on the 'phone.’
- ‘My sister sent me a photograph of her and her baby - none of her old man - standing outside their new house in Balmain, and magged on about how she hoped to get a letter from me soon.’
A gossip or chat.
chat, talk, conversation, chatter, heart-to-heart, tête-à-tête, powwow, blether, blatherView synonyms
- ‘To the joy of jewellers and couturiers, gossip mags and fans, Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz also announced their engagement, as did the supermodel Heidi Klum and the pop-star Seal.’
Early 19th century: originally English dialect; related to magpie.
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