Definition of magnetic in English:

magnetic

adjective

  • 1Exhibiting or relating to magnetism:

    ‘the clock has a magnetic back to stick to the fridge’
    • ‘The sample was under constant stirring with a magnetic bar during the measurements.’
    • ‘We are currently planning a proper geological survey of as many magnetic mountains as possible.’
    • ‘If you don't, gluing may be a little troublesome as not many types of glue will stick to the magnetic material very well.’
    • ‘Of course, no silent operation is possible at this fan rotation speed, even though it is built with magnetic bearings.’
    • ‘The material, being a mixture rather than a compound, retains the transparent and lightweight properties of the aerogel, as well as the magnetic properties of the magnetic particles.’
    • ‘The new method entails the use of injectable magnetic fluids that would be capable of repairing all areas of the retina.’
    • ‘In addition all the electric motors are of low magnetic material content and have compensated stray fields.’
    • ‘His magnetic boots stuck to the floor a bit longer than a normal shoe would have, but then again, with normal shoes, Patrick would be floating.’
    • ‘In the 1990's many women began to create photo albums that were more than simply photos stuck in magnetic albums.’
    • ‘Below a big art nouveau mirror there's a gas fire with a magnetic piper stuck to it, an indication of his Scottish roots.’
    • ‘What was wrong, you wondered, with those nice magnetic charts with stick on clouds and smiley sunshines?’
    • ‘Basic research into the electrical and thermal properties of metallic, magnetic and organic materials is leading to the discovery of novel superconductors.’
    • ‘The cameras and magnetic strip readers were stuck to the ATMs and looked like original parts.’
    • ‘The small magnetic key slid into the ignition slot and completed the battery-powered engine circuit.’
    • ‘Based on diffusion theory, they calculated the magnetic particles in the glass to be about 1000 atoms across.’
    • ‘His heavy anti-radiation suit made it a bit hard to move, but the magnetic shoes stuck him to the surface like glue.’
    • ‘When I spoke to Howse on the telephone I was not aware that the magnetic powder had to stick to the insect because it was not described in the newspaper article.’
    • ‘With a magnetic belt capable of separating out the rebar iron from the concrete, it ground the concrete to gravel.’
    • ‘And the dozens of Atlantis exercise machines each sport a small magnetic plaque with a verse of scripture.’
    • ‘He sees lots of possible uses, such as lubricants, semiconductors in flat-panel displays, and non-metallic magnetic materials.’
    1. 1.1 Capable of being attracted by or acquiring the properties of a magnet:
      ‘steel is magnetic’
      • ‘Silicon steel is undoubtedly the most important soft magnetic material in use today.’
      • ‘Most materials are not ferromagnetic, but there are a variety of magnetic effects that other materials exhibit.’
      • ‘In this case the young experimenters see that one of the little nails stays attracted when the battery is disconnected and understand that the magnetic effect somehow stays in the electromagnet.’
      • ‘The earliest soft magnetic material was iron, which contained many impurities.’
      • ‘The results help researchers better understand magnetic switching and may help designers optimize magnetic storage devices.’
      • ‘The magnetic susceptibility of a paramagnetic material is inversely proportional to absolute temperature.’
      • ‘That is that it is attracted by the magnetic field but does not remain magnetic once it leaves the field.’
  • 2(of a bearing in navigation) measured relative to magnetic north.

    • ‘If you were carrying a hand-bearing compass you could have made a note of the other vessel's magnetic relative bearing and checked it again every few minutes.’
    • ‘My friends and colleagues who are interested in alignments say they keep finding things which point towards either 125 degrees magnetic or to its diametric opposite (125+180= 305).’
    • ‘When geomagnetic activity is low, the aurora typically is located, in the hours around midnight, at about 67 degrees magnetic latitude.’
    • ‘Path comes and goes, compass bearing is 255 degrees magnetic.’
  • 3Very attractive or alluring:

    ‘his magnetic personality’
    • ‘He was a magnetic coach who attracted hundreds of acolytes.’
    • ‘He had the looks, the magnetic charmed personality, access to money, and the power to take whatever he wanted, often without question or repercussion.’
    • ‘There was some magnetic force pulling me toward him - as though we were in the eye of a tornado, pushing us closer and closer together.’
    • ‘There was something about Isabelle's personality that was magnetic - people were just drawn to her, including Corey.’
    • ‘But beneath that magnetic charm lies a hard core of determination and inner strength.’
    • ‘In reality, the combination in a woman of a charming or magnetic personality and even moderate good looks often makes her appear far more attractive than a woman who is considered outright beautiful.’
    • ‘Despite her vehement decision to completely ignore Scott Pearce for the evening, a kind of magnetic pull forced Danielle to turn and look at him.’
    • ‘The guy has been called magnetic, mesmerizing, captivating, sharply political and, most importantly, fun.’
    • ‘Tigers are alluring animals and stories about them always have a magnetic appeal.’
    • ‘One could feel the magnetic pull of the Bay Area from 150 miles away, as traffic thickened in the standing heat.’
    • ‘If you can break away from the magnetic pull of the music, visit the excellent, almost impromptu street markets which spring up at different hours in different daily locations.’
    • ‘In fact, David Hasselhoff is a man of such magnetic charisma that women literally throw themselves out of high-storey windows to attract his attention.’
    • ‘When you combine all this glamour with their high intelligence and magnetic personalities, your dog will be the envy of the neighborhood.’
    • ‘In the end, the magnetic pull of opera is strong even to those who, unlike MacMillan, are not openly ‘fascinated by the make-believe world of the opera’.’
    • ‘My siblings all had magnetic personalities and made friends easily, but I didn't.’
    • ‘His magnetic personality has the capacity to enchant fellow men.’
    • ‘He already has won over teammates with his magnetic personality.’
    • ‘He was reminded of the previous night's events and glanced curiously to the window, a magnetic force pulling his head in that direction.’
    • ‘By everyone's account, he was an exceptionally bright and perceptive child with a magnetic personality.’
    • ‘From every act, from every word of the persona he has presented to the camera since the early 1970s, there emanates at once a mediocrity and a magnetic allure.’
    alluring, attractive, fascinating, captivating, enchanting, enthralling, appealing, charming, prepossessing, engaging, entrancing, tempting, tantalizing, seductive, inviting, irresistible, magic, magical, bewitching, charismatic, hypnotic, mesmeric
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Origin

Early 17th century: from late Latin magneticus, from Latin magneta (see magnet).

Pronunciation:

magnetic

/maɡˈnɛtɪk/