Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Magnetic \Mag*net"ic\, Magnetical \Mag*net"ic*al\, a. [L. magneticus: cf. F. magn['e]tique.]
Pertaining to the magnet; possessing the properties of the magnet, or corresponding properties; as, a magnetic bar of iron; a magnetic needle.
Of or pertaining to, or characterized by, the earth's magnetism; as, the magnetic north; the magnetic meridian.
Capable of becoming a magnet; susceptible to magnetism; as, the magnetic metals.
Endowed with extraordinary personal power to excite the feelings and to win the affections; attractive; inducing attachment.
She that had all magnetic force alone.
Having, susceptible to, or induced by, animal magnetism, so called; hypnotic; as, a magnetic sleep. See Magnetism. [Archaic] Magnetic amplitude, attraction, dip, induction, etc. See under Amplitude, Attraction, etc. Magnetic battery, a combination of bar or horseshoe magnets with the like poles adjacent, so as to act together with great power. Magnetic compensator, a contrivance connected with a ship's compass for compensating or neutralizing the effect of the iron of the ship upon the needle. Magnetic curves, curves indicating lines of magnetic force, as in the arrangement of iron filings between the poles of a powerful magnet. Magnetic elements.
(Chem. Physics) Those elements, as iron, nickel, cobalt, chromium, manganese, etc., which are capable or becoming magnetic.
(Physics) In respect to terrestrial magnetism, the declination, inclination, and intensity.
See under Element.
Magnetic fluid, the hypothetical fluid whose existence was formerly assumed in the explanations of the phenomena of magnetism; -- no longer considered a meaningful concept.
Magnetic iron, or Magnetic iron ore. (Min.) Same as Magnetite.
Magnetic needle, a slender bar of steel, magnetized and suspended at its center on a sharp-pointed pivot, or by a delicate fiber, so that it may take freely the direction of the magnetic meridian. It constitutes the essential part of a compass, such as the mariner's and the surveyor's.
Magnetic poles, the two points in the opposite polar regions of the earth at which the direction of the dipping needle is vertical.
Magnetic pyrites. See Pyrrhotite.
Magnetic storm (Terrestrial Physics), a disturbance of the earth's magnetic force characterized by great and sudden changes.
Magnetic telegraph, a telegraph acting by means of a magnet. See Telegraph.
Attraction may refer to:
- Attraction basin (aka attractor) in dynamical systems.
- Attraction (grammar), the process by which a relative pronoun takes on the case of its antecedent
- Attraction (horse) (foaled 2001)
- Attraction (shadow theatre group)
- The Attractions, a backing band for Elvis Costello
- Interpersonal attraction, the attraction between people which leads to friendships and romantic relationships
- Physical attractiveness, attraction on the basis of beauty
- Sexual attraction, attraction on the basis of sexual desire
Tourist attraction, a place of interest where tourists visit
- Amusement park attraction
- Law of attraction, a belief that mental disposition will attract similar results
Attraction in linguistics can refer to Case Attraction or to Agreement Attraction.
Attraction (foaled 19 February 2001) is a retired British racehorse who was bred in Scotland and trained in England. She won several important races and was the first horse to win both the 1000 Guineas and the Irish 1000 Guineas. In a career which lasted from 2003 to 2005 she ran fifteen times and won ten races. She was also well known for her unusual and distinctive action.
Attraction (shadow theatre group)
Attraction are a Hungarian shadow theatre group from Budapest, Hungary. They rose to fame during a performance at the Hungarian Olympic Oath Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics, in which they did a rendition of many of the traditional sports within the five rings of the Olympic games logo. Less than a year later, they won the seventh series of Britain's Got Talent on 8 June 2013, beating Jack Carroll.
an entertainment that is offered to the public
the quality of arousing interest; being attractive or something that attracts; "her personality held a strange attraction for him" [syn: attractiveness]
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 14c., from French attraction, from Latin attractionem (nominative attractio) "a drawing together," noun of action from past participle stem of attrahere (see attract). Originally a medical word, "absorption by the body;" meaning "action of drawing to" is from 1540s (again medical); extended to magnetic, then figuratively to personal (c.1600) qualities. Meaning "a thing which draws a crowd, interesting or amusing exhibition" is from 1829, a sense that developed in English and soon transferred to the French equivalent of the word.
n. 1 The tendency to attract. 2 The feeling of being attracted.
Usage examples of "attraction".
When Inanna insisted she have another, it was easy to show ambivalence, both attraction and reluctance at the same time.
Also I felt an undeniable attraction to this male that caused me only annoyance and bewilderment.
I selected it as the antonym for attractive, attraction and repulsion being opposite forces.
Again, she had assessed Occula as a girl of exceptional style, with far more than the kind of short-term basting appeal of a beauty like Meris, and she did not mean to let her attraction burn up and blaze out like a fire-festival bonfire.
Miss Benger, her writings, pleasing and beautiful as they are, were the smallest part of her merit and her attraction.
She possessed, even in advanced age, the attractions of beauty, and united to a lively imagination a firmness of mind, and strength of judgment, seldom bestowed on her sex.
To the Jew the great attraction of all of these Western movements was that they were quantitative, and thus all tended to break down the exclusiveness of the West, which had kept him out of its power struggles, and confined in his ghetto, dreaming of his revenge for centuries of persecution.
He was aware of the attraction he had for her but aware also that Melia was ashamed of the feelings he could arouse in her, and was fiercely determined not to yield to them.
Berlinton, who never before, since her marriage, had been of any party where her attractions had not been unrivalled, had believed herself superior to pleasure from personal homage, and knew not, till she missed it, that it made any part of her amusement in public.
Don Rodrigo de Buen Lozano was a mature, elegant Asturian, a champion at pelota and partridge shooting, who compensated with his other attractions for being twenty-two years older than his wife.
If we tried to use a perturbative approach by, say, singling out the gravitational attraction between two stars and using it to determine our ballpark approximation, we would quickly find that our approach had failed.
Altogether, the face was cast in a rare and intellectual mould, and, if wanting in those more luxuriant attractions common to the age of the stranger, who could scarcely have attained his twenty-sixth year, it betokened, at least, that predominance of mind over body which in some eyes is the most requisite characteristic of masculine beauty.
In addition to meeting people on your tour group, you will encounter people from new and completely different tour groups, because you will all be stopping at the same popular attractions, which have been thoughtfully preselected for you based on their cultural interest as measured in square footage of parking area.
Saturday shows at the Empire, which usually consisted of a creature feature, eight or nine cartoons, Prevues of Coming Attractions, and the MovieTone News.
Graveyards held for him no particular attraction beyond their quaintness and historic value, and of anything like violence or savage instinct he was utterly devoid.