Definition of magazine in English:



  • 1A periodical publication containing articles and illustrations, typically covering a particular subject or area of interest.

    ‘a car magazine’
    ‘a women's magazine’
    • ‘The tips are often random collections of articles licensed from how-to magazines and books.’
    • ‘Like us, they're avid readers and enjoy perusing many periodicals, magazines and both local papers.’
    • ‘He has a diploma in journalism and has published several features, stories and poetry in magazines and periodicals.’
    • ‘Print ads will appear in golf publications, Sports Illustrated and weekly news magazines.’
    • ‘Lipsky, a journalist for Rolling Stone magazine, periodically chronicles modern college campus life.’
    • ‘In nineteenth-century periodicals, magazines, and newspapers, articles on scientific issues were set side by side with fiction, poetry, and literary criticism.’
    • ‘Wilson has written many articles for magazines and medical journals.’
    • ‘Her stories, articles, essays and poetry have been published in various magazines and online publications.’
    • ‘He had been interested in the weather since his childhood and now wrote for many newspapers and had published several books and a monthly magazine on the subject and also appeared on television.’
    • ‘Well, the many articles written in the weekly and monthly angling magazines about winter carp fishing are correct, with respects to the basics, so I will start with them.’
    • ‘Consumer car magazines and publications like Consumer Reports provide detailed reviews on virtually all new cars.’
    • ‘Her background in writing started as an extension to that hobby, with columns and articles appearing in dog sport magazines and breed publications for many years.’
    • ‘They often look to advertisements in fashion magazines or trade publications and to reviews of the runway shows for ideas about what to produce.’
    • ‘Through his books and magazines over a period of 18 years, he became the great communicator of swimming.’
    • ‘Readers appreciate the magazine if the articles help them gain knowledge.’
    • ‘Since 1991, numerous popular daily and weekly magazines have published articles on Mavi Jeans.’
    • ‘Through the years, articles on datolite have periodically appeared in mineral magazines.’
    • ‘This was the period of books and magazines about agriculture and of the agricultural show for disseminating new ideas.’
    • ‘There's a fascinating article in the new issue of The Economist, the magazine, a British publication.’
    • ‘Fashion arrived through illustrations and articles in magazines, catalogues, and trade publications.’
    journal, publication, periodical, paper, proceedings
    organ, supplement, colour supplement, number, copy, issue, title, weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly, comic
    glossy, book, rag, mag, zine, fanzine
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    1. 1.1A regular television or radio program comprising a variety of topical news or entertainment items.
      • ‘Fiona Bruce will present a new current affairs magazine programme for BBC ONE.’
      • ‘Greyhound racing is about to receive a major publicity boost with the arrival of a weekly TV magazine programme.’
      • ‘This week, for the first time in its history, BBC World Service's daily magazine programme Outlook is entirely devoted to ideas and stories from listeners.’
      • ‘The program opens with an obligatory introduction to the topic of this episode, then quickly launches into an overview segment that is similar to those one would see in an American news magazine program.’
      • ‘John added a new string to his bow when in 1998 he became the presenter of a new magazine programme called Home Truths on Radio 4.’
      • ‘The addition of a magazine programme at the start of the schedule is another major feature of this overhaul.’
      • ‘To embrace everything going in science and technology, in 1968 we started the first topical magazine program, The World Tomorrow, on Saturdays.’
      • ‘Moore was interviewed for the BBC World Service daily magazine programme, Outlook.’
      • ‘We are here to seek further distribution for Tartan TV - the new weekly half-hour television magazine programme showcasing Scotland to the world.’
      • ‘BBC Radio 3's jazz magazine programme focuses on the established generation, playing mainstream jazz as well as the new generation of players.’
      • ‘A live broadcast of the BBC's longest-running magazine programme, Woman's Hour, presented by Jenni Murray, gave listeners around the country a flavour of the event.’
      • ‘The idea for the magazine programme came about when staff at Three Counties Radio met with people at the Centre for Youth and Community Development in Luton.’
      • ‘On Thursday, BBC Radio 4 will bring its longest-running magazine programme, Woman's Hour, to the showground on Thursday and Jenni Murray will present the programme live at 10 am.’
      • ‘Mark began his BBC career as a reporter on the South East magazine programme London Plus in 1986, before moving to Breakfast News and then on to Newsnight in 1989.’
      • ‘Chum would offer programming similar to its other stations in Toronto and Vancouver, including local news, a current-affairs show looking at social and cultural issues and a live entertainment magazine program.’
      • ‘On Thursday evenings Trevor Hunt and Jack Dearden present a magazine programme featuring guests from the world of Rugby League.’
      • ‘Landward is Scotland's food, farming, environment and rural affairs magazine programme, featuring the latest developments and debates affecting the nation's countryside.’
      • ‘There will be a weekly magazine programme, Five Live Formula One, every Friday as part of Sport on Five.’
      • ‘A magazine programme can be planned where children not only choose a topic but also go ahead with production, reporting and anchoring.’
      • ‘Years later, I ended up working for a community television house that produced a weekly magazine programme covering all things Trinidadian - from Orisha festivals to modern dance recitals.’
  • 2A chamber for holding a supply of cartridges to be fed automatically to the breech of a gun.

    • ‘You have the rifle you brought with you to defend yourself from looters, and you have a magazine of ammunition.’
    • ‘The AK-47 was meant for troops with little training, who could put their weapons on full auto and empty a few magazines at the enemy.’
    • ‘The two magazines supplied with the gun are made of heat-treated, stainless steel with a smooth polymer follower.’
    • ‘Most of the rifles chambered for the .284 have been designs that use detachable box magazines.’
    • ‘The gun was identified as a German made 9mm pistol and was loaded with 9 rounds of ammunition in the full magazine.’
    • ‘I happen to prefer integral magazines to detachable box magazines, but that's just a personal choice.’
    • ‘When the bolt clicked on an empty chamber I automatically buttoned out the magazine, plucked a fresh one from my belt, and rammed it into the well.’
    • ‘It was loaded with a magazine containing seven bullets.’
    • ‘He worked as a First Class Stoker in the boiler room, switching to loading ammunition magazines when on action stations.’
    • ‘The feed magazine usually contains 70 rounds, while another ten rounds are in the upper mounting and in the screw feeder.’
    • ‘They also found an AK - 47 assault rifle, five rifle magazines and spent shell casings on the roof.’
    • ‘Yet when they are in the gun, cartridges feed from those Metalform magazines and into the chamber with utter reliability.’
    • ‘Church continued to drive the Humvee on three tires for four miles while firing at enemy targets and changing magazines with one hand.’
    • ‘Rather than sitting out in the open and reloading, he is better served with a gun that will take one of your dwindling supply of high capacity magazines.’
    • ‘It's the only repeater in the line, and is equipped with a detachable box magazine.’
    • ‘Remember; unloading your firearm means unloading it completely, so there is no ammunition in the chamber or in the magazine.’
    • ‘Feeding of cartridges from magazine to chamber was smooth and required little effort.’
    • ‘It's pretty common for the top cartridge in the magazine to move forward a bit under recoil.’
    • ‘There is a spacer in the magazine which prevents longer cartridges from being loaded.’
    • ‘Lona was loading her assault rifle next door with hardly a thought, mindlessly feeding rounds into two spare magazines, plus a third to be carried in the gun.’
    1. 2.1A receptacle for storing and feeding film to a camera, CDs to a compact disc player, etc.
      • ‘A clapper loader, ‘they load the magazines of film’.’
      • ‘A film magazine from a K - 24 aerial camera was fitted to the back of a C - 1 camera.’
      • ‘He has been able to remove stuck CD magazines by using a piece of shim stock or a hack saw blade and going alongside one of the long sides of the magazine to hit the release.’
  • 3A store for arms, ammunition, explosives, and provisions for use in military operations.

    • ‘A massive internal explosion - probably in an ammunition magazine below a forward gun turret, had blown off her bow.’
    • ‘Explosive is a tricoastal magazine, headquartered in New York, San Francisco & Iowa.’
    • ‘All but a handful of those buildings are ammunition magazines, or ‘igloos.’’
    • ‘She took two torpedoes and one bomb, which set off a magazine explosion.’
    • ‘A torpedo had hit port side aft near an ammunition magazine, completely severing her stern.’
    • ‘The latter were virtual subterranean towns equipped with barracks, kitchens, power plants, magazines, and even electric railways to transport men and ammunition.’
    • ‘On either side of a tunnel deep inside the Rock, a series of huge chambers was being dug to accommodate purpose-built ammunition magazines.’
    storehouse, warehouse, store, storage place, storing place, repository, depository, cache
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Late 16th century: from French magasin, from Italian magazzino, from Arabic maḵzin, maḵzan storehouse from ḵazana store up The term originally meant store and was often used from the mid 17th century in the title of books providing information useful to particular groups of people, whence magazine (mid 18th century). magazine, a contemporary specialization of the original meaning, gave rise to magazine in the mid 18th century.