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NOUN (2)

1. attraction for iron; associated with electric currents as well as magnets; characterized by fields of force;
[syn: magnetism, magnetic attraction, magnetic force]

2. the branch of science that studies magnetism;
[syn: magnetism, magnetics]

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4 definitions retrieved:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Magnetism \Mag"net*ism\, n. [Cf. F. magn['e]tisme.] The property, quality, or state, of being magnetic; the manifestation of the force in nature which is seen in a magnet. At one time it was believed to be separate from the electrical force, but it is now known to be intimately associated with electricity, as part of the phenomenon of electromagnetism. [1913 Webster +PJC] 2. The science which treats of magnetic phenomena. [1913 Webster] 3. Power of attraction; power to excite the feelings and to gain the affections. "By the magnetism of interest our affections are irresistibly attracted." --Glanvill. [1913 Webster] Animal magnetism, Same as hypnotism, at one time believe to be due to a force more or less analogous to magnetism, which, it was alleged, is produced in animal tissues, and passes from one body to another with or without actual contact. The existence of such a force, and its potentiality for the cure of disease, were asserted by Mesmer in 1775. His theories and methods were afterwards called mesmerism, a name which has been popularly applied to theories and claims not put forward by Mesmer himself. See Mesmerism, Biology, Od, Hypnotism. Terrestrial magnetism, the magnetic force exerted by the earth, and recognized by its effect upon magnetized needles and bars. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

magnetism n 1: attraction for iron; associated with electric currents as well as magnets; characterized by fields of force [syn: magnetism, magnetic attraction, magnetic force] 2: the branch of science that studies magnetism [syn: magnetism, magnetics]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

144 Moby Thesaurus words for "magnetism": acceptability, adduction, affinity, agacerie, agreeability, allure, allurement, appeal, ascendancy, attractance, attraction, attractiveness, attractivity, authority, beguilement, beguiling, bewitchery, bewitchment, blandishment, cajolery, capillarity, capillary attraction, captivation, centripetal force, charisma, charm, charmingness, clout, come-hither, consequence, control, credit, desirability, diamagnetism, dominance, domination, drag, draw, drawing power, effect, electromagnetism, eminence, enchantment, enthrallment, enticement, entrapment, esteem, fascination, favor, ferromagnetism, flirtation, forbidden fruit, force, gilbert, glamour, good feeling, gravitation, gravity, hold, hysteresis, hysteresis curve, importance, incidental power, inducement, influence, influentiality, insinuation, interest, inveiglement, invitation, irresistibility, leadership, leverage, likability, lovability, lure, magic, magnetic circuit, magnetic conductivity, magnetic creeping, magnetic curves, magnetic dip, magnetic elements, magnetic figures, magnetic flux, magnetic friction, magnetic hysteresis, magnetic lag, magnetic moment, magnetic permeability, magnetic potential, magnetic remanence, magnetic variation, magnetic viscosity, magnetics, magnetization, mastery, maxwell, moment, mutual attraction, paramagnetism, permeability, personality, persuasion, potency, power, predominance, preponderance, pressure, prestige, provocativeness, pull, pulling power, purchase, reign, repute, residual magnetism, rule, say, seducement, seduction, seductiveness, sex appeal, snaring, suasion, subtle influence, suggestion, supremacy, sway, sympathy, tantalization, temptation, traction, tug, unobjectionableness, upper hand, weber, weight, whip hand, winning ways, winsomeness, witchcraft, witchery, wooing
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

MAGNETISM, n. Something acting upon a magnet. The two definitions immediately foregoing are condensed from the works of one thousand eminent scientists, who have illuminated the subject with a great white light, to the inexpressible advancement of human knowledge.