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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
fridge magnet
magnet school
▪ I once saw a woman whose job it was to make small bar magnets from steel blanks about two inches long.
▪ Like the electron, the muon acts like a tiny bar magnet.
▪ When the suitably insulated conductor is wound round a rod of soft iron it forms a bar magnet.
▪ The plan involved a variation of the magnet school concept.
▪ Although we have approved desegregation plans involving magnet schools of this conventional definition, the District Court found this insufficient.
▪ In November 1986, the District Court endorsed a marked expansion of the magnet school program.
▪ A place for all kinds of wildlife to stop off and drink, it will attract them like a magnet.
▪ The Liverpool waterfront has become a magnet for tourists from near and far.
▪ Some eligibility criteria would be set to prevent the city from becoming a magnet for the uninsured.
▪ Throughout the 1980s the North-East has become a magnet for new investment.
▪ As the population grows, we become a magnet for the big, impersonal outlets.
▪ Over the past two decades this Wisconsinsized country has become a magnet that has drawn social activists from all over the world.
▪ Whatever the attraction, the boys find that their house has become a magnet for aliens.
▪ The Allies seemed to be drawn as if by a magnet to our local villages.
▪ The sudden warmth, meagre though it was, drew Isabel like a magnet.
▪ Somehow sensing this connection, clerics have been drawn as if by a magnet to the rails.
▪ Certain men - husbands not excepted - seemed drawn like a magnet to a female in her circumstances.
▪ Redundant miners are not the only ones drawn by the drugs magnet.
▪ Ever notice what a visual magnet a mirror is?
▪ Most are attracted by the splendour of the city's colleges, but they also prove a magnet for organised crime.
▪ Take care with the magnets by the way, as allowing them to snap together causes them to break.
▪ The centre of town seemed to draw them back like a magnet.
▪ The metal was a magnet that attracted people from all over the world.
▪ This magnet for unwanted paper will fill up and overflow with monotonous regularity and should be abolished.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.

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

    Two magnets, heaven and earth, allure to bliss, The larger loadstone that, the nearer this.

  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.

    Note: An artificial magnet, produced by the action of an electrical current, is called an electro-magnet.

    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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c. (earlier magnes, late 14c.), from Old French magnete "magnetite, magnet, lodestone," and directly from Latin magnetum (nominative magnes) "lodestone," from Greek ho Magnes lithos "the Magnesian stone," from Magnesia, region in Thessaly where magnetized ore was obtained. Figurative use from 1650s. It has spread from Latin to most Western European languages (German and Danish magnet, Dutch magneet, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese magnete), but it was superseded in French by aimant. Also see magnesia. Chick magnet attested from 1989.


n. 1 A piece of material that attracts some metals by magnetism. 2 (context informal figuratively preceded by a noun English) A person or thing that attracts what is denoted by the preceding noun.

  1. n. (physics) a device that attracts iron and produces a magnetic field

  2. a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts; "flowers are an attractor for bees" [syn: attraction, attractor, attracter, attractive feature]

Magnet, NE -- U.S. village in Nebraska
Population (2000): 79
Housing Units (2000): 39
Land area (2000): 0.144242 sq. miles (0.373585 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.144242 sq. miles (0.373585 sq. km)
FIPS code: 30310
Located within: Nebraska (NE), FIPS 31
Location: 42.455401 N, 97.470798 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 68749
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Magnet, NE
Magnet (disambiguation)

A magnet is an object that has a magnetic field.

Magnet or magnets may also refer to:

Magnet (musician)

Magnet is the pseudonym of Norwegian singer-songwriter Even Johansen (born 7 June 1970). To date, he has released four full-length studio albums as well as several singles and EPs. Johansen draws upon many influences, including folk, pop, and electronica. His albums are composed and produced solely by him, and he usually performs live sets on his own, using preset loops or creating them as he plays.


A magnet (from Greek magnḗtis líthos, " Magnesian stone") is a material or object that produces a magnetic field. This magnetic field is invisible but is responsible for the most notable property of a magnet: a force that pulls on other ferromagnetic materials, such as iron, and attracts or repels other magnets.

A permanent magnet is an object made from a material that is magnetized and creates its own persistent magnetic field. An everyday example is a refrigerator magnet used to hold notes on a refrigerator door. Materials that can be magnetized, which are also the ones that are strongly attracted to a magnet, are called ferromagnetic (or ferrimagnetic). These include iron, nickel, cobalt, some alloys of rare earth metals, and some naturally occurring minerals such as lodestone. Although ferromagnetic (and ferrimagnetic) materials are the only ones attracted to a magnet strongly enough to be commonly considered magnetic, all other substances respond weakly to a magnetic field, by one of several other types of magnetism.

Ferromagnetic materials can be divided into magnetically "soft" materials like annealed iron, which can be magnetized but do not tend to stay magnetized, and magnetically "hard" materials, which do. Permanent magnets are made from "hard" ferromagnetic materials such as alnico and ferrite that are subjected to special processing in a powerful magnetic field during manufacture, to align their internal microcrystalline structure, making them very hard to demagnetize. To demagnetize a saturated magnet, a certain magnetic field must be applied, and this threshold depends on coercivity of the respective material. "Hard" materials have high coercivity, whereas "soft" materials have low coercivity.

An electromagnet is made from a coil of wire that acts as a magnet when an electric current passes through it but stops being a magnet when the current stops. Often, the coil is wrapped around a core of "soft" ferromagnetic material such as steel, which greatly enhances the magnetic field produced by the coil.

The overall strength of a magnet is measured by its magnetic moment or, alternatively, the total magnetic flux it produces. The local strength of magnetism in a material is measured by its magnetization.

Magnet (band)

Magnet was a band formed for the purpose of recording the soundtrack to the 1973 film The Wicker Man. The band was assembled by musician Gary Carpenter (the film's Associate Musical Director) to perform songs composed by New York songwriter Paul Giovanni. Originally under the moniker Lodestone, later to change to "Magnet" because of a conflict with another band, the group included Peter Brewis ( recorders, jaw harp, harmonica, bass guitar, etc.), Michael Cole ( concertina, harmonica, bassoon), Andrew Tompkins ( guitars), Ian Cutler ( violin), Bernard Murray ( percussion) and finally Carpenter himself ( piano, recorders, fife, ocarina, Nordic lyre, etc.). Carpenter, Brewis and Cole had recently graduated from The Royal College of Music in London and Tompkins, Cutler and Murray were all members of Carpenter's band Hocket. The band also featured Giovanni on guitar and vocals for many tracks and appeared in the film in various scenes.

In 2004 Castle label edited the anthology GATHER IN THE MUSHROOMS The British acid folk underground1968 1974 which include the song "Corn riggs" from Magnet.

The Wicker Man soundtrack for the film is considered by many to be a major influence on neofolk and psychedelic folk.

Magnet (magazine)

Magnet is a music magazine which generally focuses on alternative, independent, or out-of-the-mainstream bands.

Magnet (Nedor Comics)

The Magnet is a fictional character from the Golden Age of Comics. He first appeared in the Complete Book of Comics and Funnies #1 (1944), published by Nedor Comics. The character was later revived by writer Alan Moore for America's Best Comics.

Magnet (album)

"Magnet" is the fifth solo album by Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, released in 2003. The song " Love Hurts" was originally recorded by The Everly Brothers, and he re-recorded the songs " Another Lonely Night in New York" (originally released in 1983 on How Old Are You?) and "Wish You Were Here" (released in 1989, from the Bee Gees' album One).

Usage examples of "magnet".

Theodore shouted as the ambulance zeroed in on the fountain like a magnet.

He took me into the power systems lab where had a buckytube ring magnet set up, soaking in liquid nitrogen to make it superconduct to store power.

Most of that money would go to buy buckytube magnets built on earth, which would go to the manufacturing consortium I was setting up with Stanislaski, so a large chunk of that money would come back to my pocket where I could leverage it back into setting up the system.

The load time was the time it took to charge the magnet capacitors, so that millisecond pulses of electricity could be delivered.

The monomolecular fibers for the master magnet must be annealed in a microgravity environment, to form stable superconducting cores inside stable insulating sheaths.

Points where the magnets pulled alike in all directions defined a human border, the pattern cast by this equilibrium offeree tracing out the faintest suggestion of a shape, of being perhaps, and the invisible orders ranged in trackless silence beyond.

Bronx police station had become a magnet for protestors over the past few weeks.

The bars are sampled by chipping off diagonally opposite corners: or better, by drilling, the drillings being freed from pieces of steel with the help of a magnet.

Also, the generators were inherently simpler, because rotating magnets automatically create alternating current, whereas an extra step is needed to change it to direct current.

He seemed to have acquired, as Sammy remarked, a superpower of his own: he had become a magnet for Germans.

London coffeehouses, taverns, theaters, and concert halls surpassed anything of the kind elsewhere in the British empire, and for the young and aspiring, London remained the great magnet.

At the two stations the wire was wound round a magnet, that is to say, round a piece of soft iron surrounded with a wire.

For, by regarding the old and new continents as two distinct masses of land whose bases are separated by 6,000 miles of water, we recognize two great magnets, dependent, however, for their magnetism, on the rotation of the terral vortex.

The bar magnets the enemy were lowering were taut on their cables now, straining at the powerful unipolar field of the Sunbeam.

For one awful instant they were suspended above disaster, the keel of the boat riding the force of the torrent like a reversed magnet, unloosed, unmoored, out of control, the sharp spray in their faces, Henry shouting out encouragement to the straining motors, grinning Jalong in the bow with a plastic bucket bailing like mad, the bouncing Copelands trying not to glance too often at one another with the blanched appeal of stricken airline passengers, the fragile longboat, as if responding to psychic entreaty, moved forward an inch, another inch, then, in one sweet dizzying lift, rose up and over the crest of the falls onto a slick moving sheet of unruffled stream, and they looked around at themselves and they laughed.