Definition of magnetize in English:


(British magnetise)


[with object]
  • 1Give magnetic properties to; make magnetic.

    ‘the current creates a field to magnetize the core in alternate directions’
    ‘a compass is really a magnetized needle’
    • ‘To magnetize something, you want to have a a residual magnetization in the absence of a applied field.’
    • ‘Floppy disks, hard disks, Zip disks and backup tapes all work by magnetizing small areas on the surface of the disk.’
    • ‘An electromagnet records bits by magnetizing small areas of the crystalline film covering the disk.’
    • ‘When the material is magnetized, usually by applying a high intensity pulse from an external magnetizing field, many of the individual domains rotate so that they are aligned with the external field.’
    • ‘The rocks generated during the Emeishan Basalts' terminal phase were magnetized during a reverse polarity field.’
    • ‘The fact that a material can be magnetized does not necessarily mean that it will retain its magnetism once the applied magnetic field has been removed.’
    • ‘What was really tricky was magnetizing the computers without messing them up.’
    • ‘Perpendicular recording enables the bits to be magnetized on end, perpendicular to the disk surface (rather than parallel to the surface).’
    • ‘A 12-volt electromagnet stationed on the outer surface of the flow channel acts as the valving mechanism; it constricts the flow of the fluid by magnetizing the iron particulates.’
    • ‘When the amplifier is switched on, all the tuning-forks are magnetised, and become electro-magnets.’
    • ‘At the ridge the rock being formed from mantle material is magnetized in the direction of the magnetic field, and as it moves away from the ridge it carries with it a record of the direction.’
    • ‘This structure presents positive and negative magnetising orientations at the surface of the microwire when this is subjected to a magnetic field, i.e. the microwire becomes magnetised.’
    • ‘Some materials, called diamagnetic, tend to become magnetized in a direction opposite to the magnetic field being applied to them.’
    • ‘Placing it close enough to a magnet or placing it in a strong electromagnetic field can magnetize non - magnetized magnetite.’
    • ‘The disk drives and floppy drives in your computer also magnetize small dots to store your files.’
    • ‘Because the string is magnetized, the magnetic field surrounding it will also vibrate with the string.’
    • ‘Subsequent tests suggested that the cells magnetized only when they contained some rubidium metal inside, a by-product of the helium alignment procedure.’
    • ‘The current magnetises the iron core and creates a pair of magnetic poles, one North, and the other South.’
    • ‘Electrical current is passed through the wire, which strongly magnetises the iron core.’
    • ‘The crucial trick here is that the width of the bands must be smaller than their diameter, so that the nanorods can be magnetized crosswise, rather than along their long axis.’
    1. 1.1 Attract strongly, as if by a magnet.
      ‘he magnetized the old people with the charm of his personality’
      • ‘It is a key sign of great artistry when a musician regularly magnetises the ear from the very first phrase.’
      • ‘Mitre Peak magnetises photographers, and the fiord's sheer cliffs excite both admiration and apprehension.’
      • ‘‘One Village-One Product’ stalls snaked along nearly a kilometer down Siam Country Club Road, which magnetized the audience and eased their hunger for the day.’
      • ‘But if one is magnetized by works of the imagination derived almost solely from linguistics, Roussel represents some kind of summation.’
      • ‘As if it were magnetized, Robert felt his head turn toward the gaping window of his office.’
      • ‘Jugglers and snake charmers were magnetizing a part of the crowd, but today they had no effect on her.’
      • ‘The split second that its ringing was heard in the classroom, the students immediately turned forward like they were magnetized or something.’
      • ‘How do you go about believing in yourself to the degree that magnetizes creative success?’
      • ‘This time, as if her eyes were magnetized, Ella noticed the invasion.’
      • ‘It magnetizes others to you because they admire and respect those who know exactly who they are.’
      • ‘Even if you don't tell anybody, clear intention magnetizes and attracts those who can imagine their role in it.’
      • ‘You can't hope to attract or magnetize someone enough to make them love you if they can't see you.’
      • ‘Ever since I first watched footage of him in Brazil I was magnetized.’