Definition of magnetism in English:

magnetism

noun

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

    • ‘Maxwell's theory of electromagnetism, for example, united the previously disjointed phenomena of electricity and magnetism.’
    • ‘Ampère proposed electrical currents in atoms to explain magnetism and Poisson showed how electrostatic induction could be explained by assuming atomic dipoles.’
    • ‘Studying the interrelation of electricity and magnetism, Faraday struggled to explain how forces could act at a distance.’
    • ‘The force of magnetism, or magnetic field, is much stronger at the magnet poles than around the equator.’
    • ‘That same year, 1600, De Magnete was published, and was quickly accepted as the standard work on magnetism and electrical phenomena throughout Europe.’
    • ‘This force includes the magnetic effects of moving charges and underlies such everyday forces as friction and magnetism.’
    • ‘Isaac Newton had described gravity 200 years earlier; James Maxwell had explained the phenomena of electricity and magnetism with his equations in 1873.’
    • ‘When Faraday worked out electricity and magnetism he set into motion the electric age.’
    • ‘Research into the apparently unrelated field of electricity and magnetism produced a startling confirmation of the wave theory of light.’
    • ‘Maxwell's theoretical unification of electricity and magnetism was engineered into the modern human power to communicate across space at the speed of light.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1821, Hans Oersted demonstrated that electricity and magnetism were interrelated.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other images also surfaced from the Dance Lab experiments, including the opposing forces of magnetism and repulsion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In conventional magnets, magnetism is the result of electron spins lining up.’
    • ‘In 1820 the Danish physicist H C Orsted produced experimental results on electricity and magnetism.’
    • ‘In many ways, dragging is to gravity what magnetism is to electricity.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2The ability to attract and charm people.

    ‘his personal magnetism attracted men to the brotherhood’
    • ‘People with warm hands have personal magnetism, vivacity, and strength of character.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His quiet charisma and magnetism encourages loyalty.’
    • ‘Professor Krebs's brilliant mind and personal magnetism have attracted numerous students to his laboratory.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Still, personal magnetism and motivational esprit remain important qualifications for leadership in evangelical groups.’
    • ‘Courage, personal magnetism and sharp intelligence combine to make these people brilliant leaders when it comes to the management and execution of original ideas.’
    • ‘She has a demeanor and magnetism that attracts individuals and makes them feel very comfortable in her presence.’
    • ‘He had a sweet smile and good looks, but most of his magnetism came from his charm and wit.’
    • ‘Her warm personality and her maternal magnetism draws children near.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Last year she was the most photographed woman athlete on the covers of sports magazines and her magnetism attracts people wherever she plays.’
    • ‘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 personal magnetism, only healthy, confident and successful people with be drawn to you and engage themselves in your life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was one of the greatest artists ballet has ever produced, a dancer of exceptional ability and magnetism.’
    • ‘All he needs is to exude a little persuasive magnetism - a characteristic he possesses in abundance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I stood transfixed, staring as he glowed with magnetism and enchanted charm.’
    • ‘She was charming, with the indefinable magnetism certain older cultivated European women possess whether or not they were beauties in their youth.’
    allure, attraction, fascination, enchantment, appeal, draw, drawing power, pull, charm, seductiveness, sexual magnetism, animal magnetism, magic, spell, charisma
    hypnotism, mesmerism
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Origin

Early 17th century: from modern Latin magnetismus, from Latin magneta (see magnet).

Pronunciation:

magnetism

/ˈmaɡnəˌtizəm/