• 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
Not being more than ten to fifteen miles from the sea, I steered north 330 degrees east magnetic.
"Journals of Australian Explorations" by A C and F T Gregory
Much valuable scientific information has been gained by meteorological and magnetic observations.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
There is something magnetic in all great emotions: one proof of their reality is that they are magnetic.
"The Ivory Gate, a new edition" by Walter Besant
One was her almost affianced lover, Will Magnet, the humorous writer.
"Marriage" by H. G. Wells
Something in her magnetism causes the stones to look dead and slatey.
"The Little Vanities of Mrs. Whittaker" by John Strange Winter
Wonderful, isn't it, what surprises and knowledge the investigation of the science of magnetism imparts.
"Professor Huskins" by Lettie M. Cummings
These words drew you loike a magnet draws a needle.
"The Bail Jumper" by Robert J. C. Stead
Moreover, we cannot magnetize a body without electrizing it, and vice-versa.
"The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6" by E. Rameur
The Balfame Case had proved uncommonly magnetic to the New York public.
"Mrs. Balfame" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
And first we conceive the earth to be a Magnetical body.
"The Works of Sir Thomas Browne (Volume 1 of 3)" by Thomas Browne

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
Magnetic ordering in the bulk (3D magnetism) may therefore be drastically different from surface (or 2D) magnetic ordering.
Collisions of Slow Highly Charged Ions with Surfaces
To change the direction of the magnetization, one first imposes an external magnetic field in the original direction of the magnetization.
Spontaneous symmetry breaking in strong and electroweak interactions
A magnetic helicity integral is proposed which can be applied to domains which are not magnetically closed, i.e. have a non-vanishing normal component of the magnetic field on the boundary.
A Universal Magnetic Helicity Integral
Determinations of intracluster magnetic fields through statistical samples of rich clusters seem to suggest that (ordered?) intra-cluster magnetic fields may be as large as the µG (see, for instance, for a review on the features of our magnetized Universe).
Tight coupling expansion and fully inhomogeneous magnetic fields
This statement can be understood by noticing that the magnetic energy density, the magnetic anisotropic stress and the magnetic pressure contribute, respectively, to the Hamiltonian and momentum constraint and to the dynamical evolution of the curvature perturbations.
Tight coupling expansion and fully inhomogeneous magnetic fields
Exceeds the magnetization parameter significantly unity locally and/or temporally both the magnetic and thermal evolution will proceed differently from that of a weakly magnetized NS.
Turning Points in the Evolution of Isolated Neutron Stars' Magnetic Fields
In Fig.5a, the flux φ of magnetic field threading the contour abcd changes because the contour moves in a static, but non-uniform, magnetic field, whereas in Fig.5b, the contour is stationary but φ changes because of the motion of the magnet.
The physics of space and time II: A reassessment of Einstein's 1905 special relativity paper
The relativistic star was considered isolated and in vacuum, with different models for stellar magnetic field: i) mono-polar magnetic field and ii) dipolar magnetic field aligned with the axis of rotation.
On the Present and Future of Pulsar Astronomy
The magnetic properties of the conducting fluid are described by the magnetic Prandtl number which is the ratio of the kinematic viscosity ν to the magnetic diffusivity η , Pm = ν /η , µ0 denotes the magnetic permeability, and ρ denotes the density.
Reduction of boundary effects in spiral MRI experiment PROMISE
Magnetic Helicity Magnetic helicity became an important parameter to quantify the complexity of the sheared, twisted, or writhed magnetic field compared with its lowest energy state (potential field).
Astrophysics in 2006