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MAGNETISM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does magnetism mean? 

MAGNETISM (noun)
  The noun MAGNETISM has 2 senses:

1. attraction for iron; associated with electric currents as well as magnets; characterized by fields of force
2. the branch of science that studies magnetism

  Familiarity information: MAGNETISM used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


MAGNETISM (noun)


Sense 1magnetism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Attraction for iron; associated with electric currents as well as magnets; characterized by fields of force

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Synonyms:

magnetic attraction; magnetic force; magnetism

Hypernyms ("magnetism" is a kind of...):

attraction; attractive force (the force by which one object attracts another)

Attribute:

attractive; magnetic (having the properties of a magnet; the ability to draw or pull)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "magnetism"):

electromagnetism (magnetism produced by an electric current)

antiferromagnetism (magnetic field creates parallel but opposing spins; varies with temperature)

diamagnetism (phenomenon exhibited by materials like copper or bismuth that become magnetized in a magnetic field with a polarity opposite to the magnetic force; unlike iron they are slightly repelled by a magnet)

ferromagnetism (phenomenon exhibited by materials like iron (nickel or cobalt) that become magnetized in a magnetic field and retain their magnetism when the field is removed)

paramagnetism (materials like aluminum or platinum become magnetized in a magnetic field but it disappears when the field is removed)


Sense 2magnetism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The branch of science that studies magnetism

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

magnetics; magnetism

Hypernyms ("magnetism" is a kind of...):

geophysical science; geophysics (geology that uses physical principles to study properties of the earth)


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