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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Magnet \Mag"net\ (m[a^]g"n[e^]t), n. [OE. magnete, OF. magnete,
L. magnes, -etis, Gr. Magnh^tis li`qos a magnet, metal that
looked like silver, prop., Magnesian stone, fr. Gr.
Magnhsi`a, a country in Thessaly. Cf. Magnesia,
1. 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
Dinocrates began to make the arched roof of the
temple of Arsino["e] all of magnet, or this
Two magnets, heaven and earth, allure to bliss,
The larger loadstone that, the nearer this.
2. (Physics) 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
Note: An artificial magnet, produced by the action of an
electrical current, is called an electro-magnet.
Field magnet (Physics & Elec.), a magnet used for producing
and maintaining a magnetic field; -- used especially of
the stationary or exciting magnet of a dynamo or
electromotor in distinction from that of the moving
portion or armature.
[1913 Webster] Magnetic
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: (physics) a device that attracts iron and produces a
2: a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts;
"flowers are an attractor for bees" [syn: attraction,
attractor, attracter, attractive feature, magnet]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
36 Moby Thesaurus words for "magnet":
ambition, artificial magnet, bar magnet, catch,
center of attraction, center of consciousness, center of interest,
cynosure, dearest wish, desideration, desideratum, desire,
electromagnetic lifting magnet, field magnet, focal point, focus,
focus of attention, forbidden fruit, glimmering goal,
golden vision, hope, horseshoe magnet, lodestar, lodestone,
magnetic needle, magnetite, paramagnet, plum, point of convergence,
polestar, prime focus, prize, solenoid, temptation, trophy, wish
From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :
MAGNET, n. Something acted upon by magnetism.
From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :
Magnet, NE -- U.S. village in Nebraska
Population (2000): 79
Housing Units (2000): 39
Land area (2000): 0.144242 sq. miles (0.373585 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.144242 sq. miles (0.373585 sq. km)
FIPS code: 30310
Located within: Nebraska (NE), FIPS 31
Location: 42.455401 N, 97.470798 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 68749
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
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