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MAGNETIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does magnetic mean? 

MAGNETIC (adjective)
  The adjective MAGNETIC has 6 senses:

1. of or relating to or caused by magnetism
2. having the properties of a magnet; i.e. of attracting iron or steel
3. capable of being magnetized
4. determined by earth's magnetic fields
5. having the properties of a magnet; the ability to draw or pull
6. possessing an extraordinary ability to attract

  Familiarity information: MAGNETIC used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


MAGNETIC (adjective)


Sense 1magnetic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to or caused by magnetism

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

magnetic forces

Pertainym:

magnetism (attraction for iron; associated with electric currents as well as magnets; characterized by fields of force)


Sense 2magnetic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having the properties of a magnet; i.e. of attracting iron or steel

Synonyms:

magnetized; magnetised; magnetic

Context example:

the hard disk is covered with a thin coat of magnetic material

Similar:

attractable (capable of being magnetized or attracted by a magnet)

Antonym:

antimagnetic (impervious to the effects of a magnetic field; resistant to magnetization)


Sense 3magnetic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Capable of being magnetized

Antonym:

nonmagnetic (not capable of being magnetized)


Sense 4magnetic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Determined by earth's magnetic fields

Context examples:

magnetic north / the needle of a magnetic compass points to the magnetic north pole

Antonym:

geographic (determined by geography)


Sense 5magnetic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having the properties of a magnet; the ability to draw or pull

Synonyms:

attractive; magnetic

Context examples:

an attractive force / the knife hung on a magnetic board

Attribute:

magnetic attraction; magnetic force; magnetism (attraction for iron; associated with electric currents as well as magnets; characterized by fields of force)

Domain category:

natural philosophy; physical science; physics (the science of matter and energy and their interactions)


Sense 6magnetic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Possessing an extraordinary ability to attract

Synonyms:

charismatic; magnetic

Context examples:

a charismatic leader / a magnetic personality

Similar:

attractive (pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm)


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