Magic
Magic Mag"ic, Magical Mag"ic*al, a. [L. magicus, Gr. ?, fr. ?: cf. F. magique. See {Magi}.] 1. Pertaining to the hidden wisdom supposed to be possessed by the Magi; relating to the occult powers of nature, and the producing of effects by their agency. [1913 Webster]

2. Performed by, or proceeding from, occult and superhuman agencies; done by, or seemingly done by, enchantment or sorcery; as, a magical spell. Hence: Seemingly requiring more than human power; imposing or startling in performance; producing effects which seem supernatural or very extraordinary; having extraordinary properties; as, a magic lantern; a magic square or circle. [1913 Webster]

The painter's magic skill. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

Note: Although with certain words magic is used more than magical, -- as, magic circle, magic square, magic wand, -- we may in general say magic or magical; as, a magic or magical effect; a magic or magical influence, etc. But when the adjective is predicative, magical, and not magic, is used; as, the effect was magical. [1913 Webster]

{Magic circle}, a series of concentric circles containing the numbers 12 to 75 in eight radii, and having somewhat similar properties to the magic square.

{Magic humming bird} (Zo["o]l.), a Mexican humming bird ({Iache magica}), having white downy thing tufts.

{Magic lantern}. See {Lantern}.

{Magic square}, numbers so disposed in parallel and equal rows in the form of a square, that each row, taken vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, shall give the same sum, the same product, or an harmonical series, according as the numbers taken are in arithmetical, geometrical, or harmonical progression.

{Magic wand}, a wand used by a magician in performing feats of magic. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Magic — (engl. für „Zauberei“) steht für: MagiC, ein Betriebssystem Magic: The Gathering, ein Sammelkartenspiel Magic – Eine unheimliche Liebesgeschichte, US amerikanischer Thriller von 1978 MAGIC Motor, Magnesium Injection Cycle, Magnesiumkreislauf… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • MagiC — is a third party multitasking capable TOS compatible operating system for the Atari ST range of computers, including some newer clone machines. There are also variants that run as part of the MagicMac and MagicPC emulation environments. Contents… …   Wikipedia

  • MagiC — mit seinen Varianten ist ein multitasking fähiges, TOS kompatibles Betriebssystem sowohl für Atari Computer und einige Atari Klone als auch, in Form von Emulationen, für Apple Macintosh Computer und Windows PCs. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Eigenschaften …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • magic — magic, magical The two words compete with one another in all the main senses, ‘relating to magic’, ‘produced by or as if by magic’, and ‘wonderful’, although magic is used exclusively in certain fixed expressions such as magic lantern and magic… …   Modern English usage

  • magic — n Magic, sorcery, witchcraft, witchery, wizardry, alchemy, thaumaturgy are comparable rather than synonymous in their basic senses. In extended use they are sometimes employed indifferently without regard to the implications of their primary… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • MAGIC — (télescope) MAGIC Caractéristiques Organisation Lieu …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Magic — Mag ic, n. [OE. magique, L. magice, Gr. ? (sc. ?), fr. ?. See {Magic}, a., and {Magi}.] 1. A comprehensive name for all of the pretended arts which claim to produce effects by the assistance of supernatural beings, or departed spirits, or by a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • magic — [maj′ik] n. [ME magike < OFr magique < L magice < Gr magikē (technē), magic (art), sorcery < magikos, of the Magi: see MAGI] 1. a) the use of spells, charms, and rituals in seeking or pretending to cause or control events or to govern …   English World dictionary

  • magic — MÁGIC, Ă, magici, ce, adj. 1. Care ţine de magie, privitor la magie; ocult, misterios, tainic. 2. fig. Care apare ca o realizare minunată, ca un efect de magie; fermecător, încântător, feeric. – Din fr. magique. Trimis de claudia, 13.09.2007.… …   Dicționar Român

  • Magic — Magic, Murder And The Weather Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Magic, Murder And The Weather Álbum de Magazine Publicación septiembre de 1981 Grabación Estudios Trident …   Wikipedia Español

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”