• Claw-Hammer.  Riveting-Hammer.  Upholster's Hammer.  Magnetized Hammer.  Veneering-Hammer
    Claw-Hammer. Riveting-Hammer. Upholster's Hammer. Magnetized Hammer. Veneering-Hammer
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n magnetism the branch of science that studies magnetism
    • n magnetism attraction for iron; associated with electric currents as well as magnets; characterized by fields of force
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Intensity magnet Intensity magnet
Two electro-magnets Two electro-magnets
Magnetic concentrating installation Magnetic concentrating installation
Magnetic concentrator Magnetic concentrator

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Earth's magnetic field has been weakening. It seems to have lost 15% of its strength since 1670. At the present rate of decrease, it will reach zero in 2,000 years. Between the years 3500 and 4500, the magnetic field will not be sufficiently strong enough to ward off charged radiation from outer space.
    • Magnetism Power of attraction; power to excite the feelings and to gain the affections.
    • n Magnetism The property, quality, or state, of being magnetic; the manifestation of the force in nature which is seen in a magnet. At one time it was believed to be separate from the electrical force, but it is now known to be intimately associated with electricity, as part of the phenomenon of electromagnetism.
    • Magnetism The science which treats of magnetic phenomena.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Every eleven years the magnetic poles of the sun switch. This cycle is called "Solarmax".
    • n magnetism That peculiar property occasionally possessed by certain bodies (more especially by iron and steel) whereby, under certain circumstances, they naturally attract or repel one another according to determinate laws. According to the molecular theory of magnetism, the molecules of a magnetic substance possess permanent polarity, and as it is more and more highly magnetized the poles are arranged more and more perfectly in a common direction; when it is magnetized to the highest degree possible—that is, to saturation—all the north poles of the molecules point in one direction and all the south poles in the opposite direction. On this theory coercive force is simply that condition of the substance which retards this molecular arrangement during the process of magnetization and tends to retain it after magnetization. The current theory, or Ampère's theory of magnetism, supposes each molecule to be traversed by a closed electric circuit; these currents become parallel upon magnetization, and may then be regarded as equivalent to a series of closed electric currents about the exterior of the bar, these currents being clockwise at the south pole and counter-clock-wise at the north pole. This theory derives its support from the observed fact that a spiral conductor traversed by a current (a solenoid) behaves as a magnet in all respects, being directed similarly by the earth and having a similar field of force about it. See magnet.
    • n magnetism That branch of science which treats of the properties of the magnet, and of magnetic phenomena in general.
    • n magnetism Attractive power; capacity for exciting sympathetic interest or attention: as, the magnetism of eloquence; personal magnetism.
    • n magnetism See mesmerism and hypnotism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Public telephones in Israel are no longer operated by tokens as they were in the past. They are now operated by magnetic cards known in Hebrew as a telecart (tel-eh-cart). These plastic cards, the same size and shape as a credit card, are available at post offices, some hotel reception desks, street kiosks and dispensing machines.
    • Magnetism the cause of the attractive power of the magnet: attraction: the science which treats of the properties of the magnet—(Animal magnetism, Mesmer's name for the phenomena of mesmerism
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  • Bruce Barton
    “The essential element in personal magnetism is a consuming sincerity -- an overwhelming faith in the importance of the work one has to do.”
  • Joseph Cook
    Joseph Cook
    “Conscience is our magnetic compass; reason our chart.”
  • Gutzkow
    “Oh, how powerfully the magnet of illusion attracts.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. magnétisme,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through O. Fr., from L. magnes, a magnet—Gr. magnēs=Magnesian stone, from Magnēsia, in Lydia or Thessaly.


In literature:

Wonder is there any magnetic influence between the person because that was about the time he.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
She was unquestionably endowed with the magnetic gift of winning hearts.
"Famous Affinities of History, Vol 1-4, Complete" by Lyndon Orr
I found it also to be highly magnetic, there being a great deal of ironstone about the rocks.
"Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration" by Ernest Giles
Here was the great, mysterious city which was still a magnet for her.
"Sister Carrie" by Theodore Dreiser
My Son is appointed to the Magnetic Observatory at Melbourne, under Professor Neumayer.
"Successful Exploration Through the Interior of Australia" by William John Wills
On the poop-deck there were the benzine, sledges, and the chief magnetic observatory.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
On the other hand, there are parts of the corona which suggest by their forms the play of electric or magnetic forces.
"Curiosities of the Sky" by Garrett Serviss
Broadly speaking, however, the earth is a magnet, and its magnetism is constantly changing.
"The Voyages of Captain Scott" by Charles Turley
The serpent, very close to my guru, was now motionless, seemingly magnetized by his caressing attitude.
"Autobiography of a YOGI" by Paramhansa Yogananda
It was a huge thing, reaching nearly across the door, and warranted to pull toward it anything magnetic of reasonable dimensions.
"The Wolf's Long Howl" by Stanley Waterloo

In poetry:

But Love is mightier far, than Fear:
The ladye hasteth not:
The magnet of her heart is near,
And peril is forgot!
"The Daughter Of Plantagenet - Fytte The First" by Thomas Cooper
Magnet of the azure skies,
Which invites the soul to rise;
Be a helm my thoughts to steer,
To thy ever tranquil sphere.
"Written" by Elizabeth Bath
The blaze of zeal extends from breast to breast,
While Heaven supplies each innocent request;
And lo! what fond regard their smiles reveal,
Attractive as the magnet to the steel.
"On The Consequences Of Happy Marriages" by George Moses Horton
O to attract by more than attraction!
How it is I know not—yet behold! the something which obeys none of
the rest,
It is offensive, never defensive—yet how magnetic it draws.
"Poems Of Joys" by Walt Whitman
So, too, our strange unrest in this our dwelling,
The trembling that thou joinest with our mirth,
Are but thy magnet-communings compelling
Our spirits farther from the scope of earth.
"The Dark Companion" by James Brunton Stephens
I know my eye grew wide and bright,
Despite a life ascetic,
And from the narrow path of right
I felt a tug magnetic,
That sought to draw me o'er the sand
Out to the siren-haunted strand.
"The Minglers" by C J Dennis

In news:

A local female comedy duo who combine a powerful sexual magnetism with down-in-the-dirt, clit-tickling humor.
THE growth of magnetic-resonance imaging as a diagnostic tool is generating intense competition for patients, as well as concern about overuse.
The Large Hadron Collider, described as the most complex scientific project yet conducted, relies on the world's biggest superconducting solenoid magnet.
Magnetic field measurement instrument board achieves 100 times greater frequency bandwidth and resolution than previous design, contributing to ultra-high-precision beam-forming in world's most powerful particle collider.
CERN's Large Hadron Collider boosts superconducting magnet performance.
The new Craftsman worklight has a powerful magnet, says the company, making it easy to attach to vehicle hoods for convenient hands-free use.
Kirk Hammett Discusses Metallica's 'Death Magnetic'.
Metallica are busy with their 3D film right now, but guitarist Kirk Hammett says work on their follow-up to 'Death Magnetic' will 'happen soon.
Tools/Machines New Products Bora magnetic combination square hand tool .
BORA, a product division of Affinity Tool Works, introduced its new magnetic combination square hand tool .
This year's GOP and its core of 'tea party' believers have created a powerful magnetic field pulling every candidate to the right.
In the upcoming movie, "Be Kind Rewind," Jack Black plays a man who becomes "magnetized" and erases all the tapes in the video store where he works.
Tips For Magnetically Holding Small Parts.
State hopes to thwart crocodiles' homing instinct with magnets.
Magnet Art from a Fluxus Pioneer.

In science:

If we consider a third magnet, for which the orientation to the first magnet is completely unknown, then we must average over SO(3) rotations with the uniform measure dΩ over SO(3), and the quantum state of the spin-1/2 system relative to the third magnet will be R dΩR(Ω) |+z i h+z | R(Ω)† .
Dialogue Concerning Two Views on Quantum Coherence: Factist and Fictionist
The parallel component of the magnetic field in the 2.5D shock tube problem using the usual dissipative terms (left), using the total magnetic energy (centre) and using the total magnetic and kinetic energies (right).
Smoothed Particle Magnetohydrodynamics III. Multidimensional tests and the div B = 0 constraint
The observed differences cannot be explained by the known vertical magnetic field gradient alone, but are due to an additional horizontal field gradient, probably caused by residual magnetization inside the magnetic shields or lack of symmetry in the shielding or compensation.
Testing Lorentz Invariance using Zeeman Transitions in Atomic Fountains
Substituting non-magnetic Zn for Cu or applying a magnetic field perpendicular to the planes tends to induce elastic incommensurate magnetic peaks at low temperature.
Neutron Scattering Studies of Antiferromagnetic Correlations in Cuprates
We would like to point out that the tubular D6 brane above has no net magnetic charge but has a magnetic field due to the magnetic charge distribution on the sphere S6−p , as given in (18).
Non-SUSY $p$-branes, bubbles and tubular branes