Definition of magnetism in English:



mass noun
  • 1A physical phenomenon produced by the motion of electric charge, which results in attractive and repulsive forces between objects.

    • ‘In many ways, dragging is to gravity what magnetism is to electricity.’
    • ‘The grand aim of De Magnete - to take magnetism beyond the simple use of the compass to find north - was not as successful as Gilbert and Wright had hoped.’
    • ‘When Faraday worked out electricity and magnetism he set into motion the electric age.’
    • ‘The force of magnetism, or magnetic field, is much stronger at the magnet poles than around the equator.’
    • ‘Relativity would arrive, not from concerns over the flaws in Newton's mechanics, but rather from contemplating the forces of electricity and magnetism as well as the mysteries of light.’
    • ‘In conventional magnets, magnetism is the result of electron spins lining up.’
    • ‘This force includes the magnetic effects of moving charges and underlies such everyday forces as friction and magnetism.’
    • ‘That same year, 1600, De Magnete was published, and was quickly accepted as the standard work on magnetism and electrical phenomena throughout Europe.’
    • ‘In 1821, Hans Oersted demonstrated that electricity and magnetism were interrelated.’
    • ‘Maxwell's theoretical unification of electricity and magnetism was engineered into the modern human power to communicate across space at the speed of light.’
    • ‘Other images also surfaced from the Dance Lab experiments, including the opposing forces of magnetism and repulsion.’
    • ‘This work by Thomson in 1856 on electricity and magnetism is important for it was these ideas which led Maxwell to develop his remarkable new theory of electromagnetism.’
    • ‘Studying the interrelation of electricity and magnetism, Faraday struggled to explain how forces could act at a distance.’
    • ‘Research into the apparently unrelated field of electricity and magnetism produced a startling confirmation of the wave theory of light.’
    • ‘Ampère proposed electrical currents in atoms to explain magnetism and Poisson showed how electrostatic induction could be explained by assuming atomic dipoles.’
    • ‘Isaac Newton had described gravity 200 years earlier; James Maxwell had explained the phenomena of electricity and magnetism with his equations in 1873.’
    • ‘Maxwell's theory of electromagnetism, for example, united the previously disjointed phenomena of electricity and magnetism.’
    • ‘I mentioned to him that Einstein was very struck as a young high school student by Maxwell's equations, the laws of electricity and magnetism, and that they made a very deep impression on him.’
    • ‘In 1820 the Danish physicist H C Orsted produced experimental results on electricity and magnetism.’
    • ‘People with pacemakers and defibrillators who use arc welding devices and other kinds of heavy energy that involve magnetism or electricity tend to have problems.’
  • 2The ability to attract and charm people.

    ‘his personal magnetism attracted men to the brotherhood’
    • ‘She was charming, with the indefinable magnetism certain older cultivated European women possess whether or not they were beauties in their youth.’
    • ‘He was one of those cats that just came along at the right time with an incredible gift, an incredible presence, an incredible magnetism that just dominated the entire rock-and-roll world.’
    • ‘All he needs is to exude a little persuasive magnetism - a characteristic he possesses in abundance.’
    • ‘He had a sweet smile and good looks, but most of his magnetism came from his charm and wit.’
    • ‘Last year she was the most photographed woman athlete on the covers of sports magazines and her magnetism attracts people wherever she plays.’
    • ‘His quiet charisma and magnetism encourages loyalty.’
    • ‘With personal magnetism, only healthy, confident and successful people with be drawn to you and engage themselves in your life.’
    • ‘He's as smooth as Thai silk in public, and his colleagues marvel at his personal magnetism, his 24/7 work ethic, and his rigorous attachment to benchmarks and targets.’
    • ‘With three years of top training that included practical experience coupled with the personal magnetism he had onstage, Sansom is well positioned for the next challenge of his career.’
    • ‘Courage, personal magnetism and sharp intelligence combine to make these people brilliant leaders when it comes to the management and execution of original ideas.’
    • ‘Family and friends spoke of his humour, drive and magnetism at the funeral service in the packed church where a small Dublin suburban community gathered to pay their last respects.’
    • ‘Her warm personality and her maternal magnetism draws children near.’
    • ‘Still, personal magnetism and motivational esprit remain important qualifications for leadership in evangelical groups.’
    • ‘In addition he was endowed by a dynamic personality, buoyant spirit, and had immense personal magnetism, saintly kindliness and charity, displaying neither envy nor malice.’
    • ‘Jacques-Louis Lions was a man of considerable personal magnetism and charm, whose charisma, brilliance as a teacher, and accessibility attracted other to work with him.’
    • ‘He was one of the greatest artists ballet has ever produced, a dancer of exceptional ability and magnetism.’
    • ‘Professor Krebs's brilliant mind and personal magnetism have attracted numerous students to his laboratory.’
    • ‘I stood transfixed, staring as he glowed with magnetism and enchanted charm.’
    • ‘People with warm hands have personal magnetism, vivacity, and strength of character.’
    • ‘She has a demeanor and magnetism that attracts individuals and makes them feel very comfortable in her presence.’
    allure, attraction, fascination, enchantment, appeal, draw, drawing power, pull, charm, seductiveness, sexual magnetism, animal magnetism, magic, spell, charisma
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Early 17th century: from modern Latin magnetismus, from Latin magneta (see magnet).