Definitions of magnet

  1. a device that attracts iron and produces a magnetic field
  2. ( physics) a device that attracts iron and produces a magnetic field
  3. a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts; " flowers are an attractor for bees"
  4. The loadstone; a species of iron ore ( the ferrosoferric or magnetic ore, Fe3O4) which has the property of attracting iron and some of its ores, and, when freely suspended, of pointing to the poles; - called also natural magnet.
  5. A bar or mass of steel or iron to which the peculiar properties of the loadstone have been imparted; - called, in distinction from the loadstone, an artificial magnet.
  6. The loadstone; a variety of ore having the property of attracting iron; a steel bar having the power to attract iron artificially given to it; a person or thing that attracts.
  7. The lodestone, an iron ore which attracts iron, and, when freely suspended, points to the poles: a bar or piece of steel to which the properties of the lodestone have been imparted.
  8. The lodestone; piece of iron or steel having the properties of the lodestone, viz.; attracting iron and pointing to the poles.
  9. A body capable of attracting to itself iron and steel.
  10. The loadstone; a steel bar to which the properties of the loadstone have been imparted.
  11. The loadstone, which has the property of attracting iron, and of pointing to the poles when freely suspended; a bar of steel, to which the properties of the loadstone are imparted by contact; any piece of iron rendered powerfully attractive by a galvanic current; any powerful attraction.

Usage examples for magnet

  1. It makes no difference how many similar books may be placed within range of the dead thing afterward, nor how many good reasons there may be for the dead thing's being attracted to them, the poise of the magnet toward a book, which is the sole secret of any power that a book can have, is trained and disciplined out of it. – The Lost Art of Reading by Gerald Stanley Lee
  2. An Italian in England, describing a visit to the philosopher Roger Bacon in 1258, writes as follows: Among other things he showed me an ugly black stone called a magnet ... – A History of Sea Power by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
  3. The attraction of your bar to his appetite is like that of the magnet to the needle. – Ten Nights in a Bar Room by T. S. Arthur
  4. The Roman steel was at least as much a magnet as a sword. – A Short History of England by G. K. Chesterton
  5. It had given him an impulse for pursuit, as if, like a magnet, it was fairly dragging him. – The Coast of Chance by Esther Chamberlain Lucia Chamberlain
  6. The power of the natural magnet was known at a very early age in the history of man. – Electricity and Magnetism Nature's Miracles, Vol. III. by Elisha Gray
  7. A screen was placed between the two, and the hysterical woman was then put under the influence of a strong magnet. – Aylwin by Theodore Watts-Dunton
  8. " All things," he is recorded as saying, " have a soul in them, in virtue of which they move other things, and are themselves moved, even as the magnet, by virtue of its life or soul, moves the iron." – A Short History of Greek Philosophy by John Marshall
  9. The revelation of the Lord over the Ark of the Covenant was the magnet which constantly drew them to Jerusalem. – Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions. Vol. 2 by Ernst Hengstenberg
  10. Was that what had drawn her over all obstacles, away from the established joys and comforts, drawn her like a magnet to such a desperate course? – The Emigrant Trail by Geraldine Bonner
  11. The horizontal force magnet was set in motion two and a half minutes before the others, no doubt by the advance tremors. – A Study of Recent Earthquakes by Charles Davison
  12. Oliver's eyes were filled with her as her strong, sinewy figure followed every unexpected movement of the plunging mare as if a magnet held her in the saddle. – The Heritage of the Hills by Arthur P. Hankins
  13. Once- he cannot forget it- he met her on the stairs, and she attracted him like a magnet. – Stories and Pictures by Isaac Loeb Peretz
  14. How can the soul the magnet- charm withstand, When chance brings look to look, and hand to hand! – The Poetical Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. M.P. by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  15. And, since he now was the principal attraction, a sort of magnet that drew the train of younger folk into his neighbourhood, the Pension emptied, and the English family, deprived of their leader, went over to the Den. – A Prisoner in Fairyland by Algernon Blackwood
  16. These two men, so different in character and temperament, were instantly drawn together by that magnet- the moral sentiment. – The Last Harvest by John Burroughs
  17. I'll use the magnet," called Morey. – Invaders from the Infinite by John Wood Campbell
  18. There must have been some secret magnet which attracted these young girls toward each other, for in a few moments they were arm in arm, talking familiarly upon different topics as though they had been acquainted a lifetime. – Tempest and Sunshine by Mary J. Holmes
  19. He turned his magnet and his heat against it. – Invaders from the Infinite by John Wood Campbell
  20. There was a snap, as the temporary switch was closed, and the current surged into the big magnet on the keel. – The Black Star Passes by John W Campbell