Definition of magnetism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmæɡnətɪzəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæɡnətɪzəm//
    [uncountable] Energy and physical forces, Attractiveness
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  1. 1a physical property (= characteristic) of some metals such as iron, produced by electric currents, that causes forces between objects, either pulling them towards each other or pushing them apart See related entries: Energy and physical forces
  2. 2the qualities of something, especially a person’s character, that people find powerful and attractive She exudes sexual magnetism. See related entries: Attractiveness
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from modern Latin magnetismus, from Latin magneta, from Greek magnēs lithos ‘lodestone’, probably influenced by Anglo-Norman French magnete (from Latin magnes, magnet-).Extra examples His personal magnetism drew people to the church. The magnetism produced by the battery attracts the metal. changes in the earth’s magnetism
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: magnetism