Terrestrial magnetism
Magnetism Mag"net*ism, n. [Cf. F. magn['e]tisme.] The property, quality, or state, of being magnetic; the manifestation of the force in nature which is seen in a magnet. At one time it was believed to be separate from the electrical force, but it is now known to be intimately associated with electricity, as part of the phenomenon of {electromagnetism}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. The science which treats of magnetic phenomena. [1913 Webster]

3. Power of attraction; power to excite the feelings and to gain the affections. ``By the magnetism of interest our affections are irresistibly attracted.'' --Glanvill. [1913 Webster]

{Animal magnetism}, Same as {hypnotism}, at one time believe to be due to a force more or less analogous to magnetism, which, it was alleged, is produced in animal tissues, and passes from one body to another with or without actual contact. The existence of such a force, and its potentiality for the cure of disease, were asserted by Mesmer in 1775. His theories and methods were afterwards called mesmerism, a name which has been popularly applied to theories and claims not put forward by Mesmer himself. See {Mesmerism}, {Biology}, {Od}, {Hypnotism}.

{Terrestrial magnetism}, the magnetic force exerted by the earth, and recognized by its effect upon magnetized needles and bars. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • terrestrial magnetism — Žemės magnetizmas statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. earth magnetism; geomagnetismus; terrestrial magnetism vok. Erdmagnetismus, m rus. геомагнетизм, m; земной магнетизм, m pranc. géomagnétisme, m; magnétisme terrestre, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • terrestrial magnetism — noun 1. : the magnetism of the earth 2. : a branch of geophysics that deals with the phenomena of the earth s magnetic condition …   Useful english dictionary

  • terrestrial magnetism — /təˌrɛstriəl ˈmægnətɪzəm/ (say tuh.restreeuhl magnuhtizuhm) noun the magnetic field associated with the earth, due to which a freely suspended magnetised needle anywhere on the surface of the earth will set itself so that it points in the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Magnetism — Mag net*ism, n. [Cf. F. magn[ e]tisme.] The property, quality, or state, of being magnetic; the manifestation of the force in nature which is seen in a magnet. At one time it was believed to be separate from the electrical force, but it is now… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • terrestrial — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin terrestris, from terra earth more at terrace Date: 15th century 1. a. of or relating to the earth or its inhabitants < terrestrial magnetism > b. mundane in scope or character ; prosaic 2. a …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • terrestrial — adj. & n. adj. 1 of or on or relating to the earth; earthly. 2 a of or on dry land. b Zool. living on or in the ground (opp. AQUATIC, ARBOREAL, AERIAL). c Bot. growing in the soil (opp. AQUATIC, EPIPHYTIC). 3 Astron. (of a planet) similar in size …   Useful english dictionary

  • Animal magnetism — Magnetism Mag net*ism, n. [Cf. F. magn[ e]tisme.] The property, quality, or state, of being magnetic; the manifestation of the force in nature which is seen in a magnet. At one time it was believed to be separate from the electrical force, but it …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • earth magnetism — Žemės magnetizmas statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. earth magnetism; geomagnetismus; terrestrial magnetism vok. Erdmagnetismus, m rus. геомагнетизм, m; земной магнетизм, m pranc. géomagnétisme, m; magnétisme terrestre, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • earth magnetism — /ɜθ ˈmægnətɪzəm/ (say erth magnuhtizuhm) noun → terrestrial magnetism …   Australian English dictionary

  • Gravity and Extreme Magnetism SMEX —  Pour l’article homonyme, voir Gems.  GEMS en orbite : vue d artiste Gravity and Extreme Magnetism SMEX ou GEMS est un télescope spatial à rayons X …   Wikipédia en Français

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