magnetic needle
magnetic needle magnetic needle n. A slender magnet suspended in a magnetic compass on a low-friction mounting; used to indicate the direction of the earth's magnetic pole. [WordNet 1.5]

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  • Magnetic needle — Magnetic Mag*net ic, Magnetical Mag*net ic*al, a. [L. magneticus: cf. F. magn[ e]tique.] 1. Pertaining to the magnet; possessing the properties of the magnet, or corresponding properties; as, a magnetic bar of iron; a magnetic needle. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • magnetic needle — n. a slender bar of magnetized steel which, when mounted so as to swing freely on a pivot, will point along the line of the magnetic meridian toward the magnetic poles, approximately north and south: it is the essential part of a magnetic compass …   English World dictionary

  • magnetic needle — magnetinė rodyklė statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. magnetic needle; magnetized needle vok. Magnetnadel, f rus. магнитная стрелка, f pranc. aiguille aimantée, f …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • magnetic needle — noun a slender magnet suspended in a magnetic compass on a mounting with little friction; used to indicate the direction of the earth s magnetic pole (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑magnet • Part Holonyms: ↑magnetic compass …   Useful english dictionary

  • magnetic needle — a slender magnetized steel rod that, when adjusted to swing in a horizontal plane, as in a compass, indicates the direction of the earth s magnetic fields or the approximate position of north and south. [1840 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • magnetic needle — n. thin magnetized rod placed within an instrument (a compass for example) to indicate the direction of the magnetic poles of earth …   English contemporary dictionary

  • magnetic needle — noun a piece of magnetized steel used as an indicator on the dial of a compass and in magnetic and electrical apparatus …   English new terms dictionary

  • magnetic needle — magnet′ic nee′dle n. elm a slender magnetized steel rod that when adjusted to swing in a horizontal plane, as in a compass, indicates the direction of the earth s magnetic fields • Etymology: 1840–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • magnetic needle — /mægˌnɛtɪk ˈnidl/ (say mag.netik needl) noun a slender magnetised steel rod which, when adjusted to swing in a horizontal plane, as in a compass, indicates the direction of the earth s magnetic fields or the approximate geographic north and south …   Australian English dictionary

  • Magnetic — Mag*net ic, Magnetical Mag*net ic*al, a. [L. magneticus: cf. F. magn[ e]tique.] 1. Pertaining to the magnet; possessing the properties of the magnet, or corresponding properties; as, a magnetic bar of iron; a magnetic needle. [1913 Webster] 2. Of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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