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

    • ‘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).’
    • ‘Path comes and goes, compass bearing is 255 degrees magnetic.’
  • 3Very attractive or alluring.

    ‘his magnetic personality’
    • ‘There was something about Isabelle's personality that was magnetic - people were just drawn to her, including Corey.’
    • ‘By everyone's account, he was an exceptionally bright and perceptive child with a magnetic personality.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He had the looks, the magnetic charmed personality, access to money, and the power to take whatever he wanted, often without question or repercussion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tigers are alluring animals and stories about them always have a magnetic appeal.’
    • ‘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 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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One could feel the magnetic pull of the Bay Area from 150 miles away, as traffic thickened in the standing heat.’
    • ‘The guy has been called magnetic, mesmerizing, captivating, sharply political and, most importantly, fun.’
    • ‘But beneath that magnetic charm lies a hard core of determination and inner strength.’
    • ‘When you combine all this glamour with their high intelligence and magnetic personalities, your dog will be the envy of the neighborhood.’
    • ‘His magnetic personality has the capacity to enchant fellow men.’
    • ‘My siblings all had magnetic personalities and made friends easily, but I didn't.’
    • ‘He was a magnetic coach who attracted hundreds of acolytes.’
    • ‘He was reminded of the previous night's events and glanced curiously to the window, a magnetic force pulling his head in that direction.’
    • ‘He already has won over teammates with his magnetic personality.’
    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/