magnetic


magnetic
[[t]mægne̱tɪk[/t]]
1) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n If something metal is magnetic, it acts like a magnet.

...magnetic particles.

2) ADJ You use magnetic to describe something that is caused by or relates to the force of magnetism.

The electrically charged gas particles are affected by magnetic forces.

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magnetically [[t]mægne̱tɪkli[/t]] ADV ADV after v

...metal fragments held together magnetically.

3) ADJ: usu ADJ n You use magnetic to describe tapes and other objects which have a coating of a magnetic substance and contain coded information that can be read by computers or other machines.

...her magnetic strip ID card.

...magnetic recording tape.

4) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe something as magnetic, you mean that it is very attractive to people because it has unusual, powerful, and exciting qualities.

...the magnetic effect of the prosperous German economy on would-be immigrants.

...the magnetic pull of his looks and her personality.


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