noun Date: 1881 the power of retaining; specifically the capacity for retaining magnetism after the action of the magnetizing force has ceased

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  • Retentivity — Re ten*tiv i*ty, n. The power of retaining; retentive force; as, the retentivity of a magnet. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • retentivity — [rē΄ten tiv′ə tē] n. 1. the power of or capacity for retaining 2. the power of remaining magnetized after the force of magnetization has stopped …   English World dictionary

  • Retentivity — The retentivity of a material is its capacity to remain magnetized after the external magnetizing field has ceased to exist. A material with high retentivity (i.e. iron) will keep some magnetic properties, it will become a permanent magnet,… …   Wikipedia

  • retentivity — retentive ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a person s memory) effective in retaining facts and impressions. 2) able to retain or hold in place. DERIVATIVES retentively adverb retentiveness noun retentivity noun …   English terms dictionary

  • retentivity — noun 1. the power of retaining and recalling past experience he had a good memory when he was younger • Syn: ↑memory, ↑retention, ↑retentiveness • Derivationally related forms: ↑retentive, ↑retentive ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • retentivity — /ree ten tiv i tee/, n. 1. the power to retain; retentiveness. 2. Elect. remanence. 3. Magnetism. the ability to retain magnetization after the removal of the magnetizing force. [1880 85; RETENTIVE + ITY] * * * …   Universalium

  • retentivity — noun a) The ability to retain, potential for retention b) The capacity to retain magnetism after the magnetizing action Syn: retentiveness See Also …   Wiktionary

  • retentivity — noun (plural retentivities) Physics the ability of a substance to retain or resist magnetization …   English new terms dictionary

  • retentivity — re·ten·tiv·i·ty …   English syllables

  • retentivity — re•ten•tiv•i•ty [[t]ˌri tɛnˈtɪv ɪ ti[/t]] n. 1) the power to retain 2) elm the ability to retain magnetization after the removal of the magnetizing force …   From formal English to slang

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