Definition of magnetic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//mæɡˈnetɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mæɡˈnetɪk//
    [usually before noun] Energy and physical forces
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  1. 1behaving like a magnet (1) magnetic materials The block becomes magnetic when the current is switched on. See related entries: Energy and physical forces
  2. 2connected with or produced by magnetism magnetic properties/forces a magnetic disk (= one containing magnetic tape that stores information to be used by a computer)
  3. 3that people find very powerful and attractive a magnetic personality
  4. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from late Latin magneticus, from Latin magneta, from Greek magnēs lithos ‘lodestone’, probably influenced by Anglo-Norman French magnete (from Latin magnes, magnet-).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: magnetic