Definition of magnetic in English:

magnetic

adjective

  • 1Relating to or exhibiting magnetism.

    ‘an airborne magnetic survey’
    ‘the clock has a magnetic back to stick to the fridge’
    • ‘Samarium-cobalt magnets retain their magnetic properties at high temperatures and are not very reactive.’
    • ‘The magnetic properties of some crystalline substances change drastically when they are subjected to pressure along one direction of the crystal.’
    • ‘Magnetic resonance imaging uses the body's natural magnetic properties to produce detailed images from any part of the body.’
    • ‘Geologists have determined that rocks found in different parts of the planet with similar ages have the same magnetic characteristics.’
    • ‘To date, there is no reliable measure of magnetic strength based on size and material used.’
    • ‘The impact changed the magnetic properties of the comet, and this could have affected mobile telephony here on Earth.’
    • ‘The composition of the weld metal is similar to that of the base metal and tailored for low magnetic permeability.’
    • ‘Such processing efforts have led to determinations of satellite magnetic anomalies of the Earth.’
    • ‘He even worked out the speed these waves would travel, which was related to the ratio of certain electrical and magnetic properties.’
    • ‘The magnetic interaction between the applied field and the eddy currents acts to slow the wheels down.’
    • ‘Marie had already published one paper on the magnetic properties of steel.’
    • ‘The researchers used a magnetic coil technique to measure with high accuracy and speed the eye movements of the subjects.’
    • ‘Spacecraft that visit Jupiter must be designed to remain unaffected by this powerful magnetic field.’
    • ‘The techniques of magnetostratigraphy make use of the stratigraphical variations in the magnetic properties of rocks as a basis for correlation.’
    • ‘Upcoming experiments will explore how magnetic properties change when atoms are brought together into small groups and in different geometries.’
    • ‘When waves cause the coil to move up and down relative to the fixed magnetic shaft, voltage is induced and electricity is generated.’
    • ‘Airline companies were also being warned because the magnetic burst could affect navigational systems.’
    • ‘Galileo will take pictures, measure magnetic forces, and study dust and smaller particles.’
    • ‘A surprising magnetic property of glass may explain what makes helium bottles so variable.’
    • ‘He concluded that light itself was a propagating wave of electric and magnetic energy, an undulation that moved outward in all directions from its source.’
    1. 1.1 Capable of being attracted by or acquiring the properties of a magnet.
      ‘steel is magnetic’
      • ‘The earliest soft magnetic material was iron, which contained many impurities.’
      • ‘Silicon steel is undoubtedly the most important soft magnetic material in use today.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Most materials are not ferromagnetic, but there are a variety of magnetic effects that other materials exhibit.’
      • ‘That is that it is attracted by the magnetic field but does not remain magnetic once it leaves the field.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2(of a bearing in navigation) measured relative to magnetic north.

    • ‘Path comes and goes, compass bearing is 255 degrees magnetic.’
    • ‘When geomagnetic activity is low, the aurora typically is located, in the hours around midnight, at about 67 degrees magnetic latitude.’
    • ‘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).’
  • 3Very attractive or alluring.

    ‘his magnetic personality’
    • ‘He was a magnetic coach who attracted hundreds of acolytes.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘He had the looks, the magnetic charmed personality, access to money, and the power to take whatever he wanted, often without question or repercussion.’
    • ‘One could feel the magnetic pull of the Bay Area from 150 miles away, as traffic thickened in the standing heat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was reminded of the previous night's events and glanced curiously to the window, a magnetic force pulling his head in that direction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But beneath that magnetic charm lies a hard core of determination and inner strength.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By everyone's account, he was an exceptionally bright and perceptive child with a magnetic personality.’
    • ‘He already has won over teammates with his magnetic personality.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His magnetic personality has the capacity to enchant fellow men.’
    • ‘My siblings all had magnetic personalities and made friends easily, but I didn't.’
    • ‘There was something about Isabelle's personality that was magnetic - people were just drawn to her, including Corey.’
    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

/maɡˈnedik/