magnetic etymology

English word magnetic comes from English magnet, English -ic

Detailed word origin of magnetic

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magnet English (eng) (informal, figuratively, preceded by a noun) A person or thing that attracts what is denoted by the preceding noun.. A piece of material that attracts some metals by magnetism.
-ic English (eng) (chemistry) Used to denote certain chemical compounds in which a specified chemical element has a higher oxidation number than in the equivalent compound whose name ends in the suffix -ous. For example sulphuric acid (H₂SO₄) has more oxygen atoms per molecule than sulphurous acid (H₂SO₃).. Used to form adjectives from nouns with the meaning “of or pertaining to”.
magnetic English (eng) (archaic) Having, susceptible to, or induced by, animal magnetism.. Determined by earth's magnetic fields.. Having an extraordinary ability to attract.. Having the properties of a magnet, especially the ability to draw or pull.. Of, relating to, operating by, or caused by magnetism.

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