noun Date: 1616 1. a. a class of physical phenomena that include the attraction for iron observed in lodestone and a magnet, are inseparably associated with moving electricity, are exhibited by both magnets and electric currents, and are characterized by fields of force b. a science that deals with magnetic phenomena 2. an ability to attract or charm

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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