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English Dictionary: magnet by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
magnet
n
  1. (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"
    Synonym(s): attraction, attractor, attracter, attractive feature, magnet
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Magnet \Mag"net\, n. [OE. magnete, OF. magnete, L. magnes,
      -etis, Gr. [?] [?] a magnet, metal that looked like silver,
      prop., Magnesian stone, fr. Gr. [?], 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[89] all of magnet, or this
                     loadstone.                                          --Holland.
  
                     Two magnets, heaven and earth, allure to bliss, The
                     larger loadstone that, the nearer this. --Dryden.
  
      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 a
               voltaic or electrical battery, 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.

From U.S. Gazetteer (1990) [gazetteer]:
   Magnet, IN
      Zip code(s): 47555
   Magnet, NE (village, FIPS 30310)
      Location: 42.45741 N, 97.46916 W
      Population (1990): 69 (37 housing units)
      Area: 0.4 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water)
      Zip code(s): 68749
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