artificial magnet
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}, {Manganese}.] 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 {natural magnet}. [1913 Webster]

Dinocrates began to make the arched roof of the temple of Arsino["e] all of magnet, or this loadstone. --Holland. [1913 Webster]

Two magnets, heaven and earth, allure to bliss, The larger loadstone that, the nearer this. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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 {artificial magnet}. [1913 Webster]

Note: An artificial magnet, produced by the action of an electrical current, is called an {electro-magnet}. [1913 Webster]

{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]


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