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  Dictionary Definition of magnet

magnet
noun
1. a body, usually metallic, which possesses the property of attracting similar substances with a force that is neither electric or gravitational.
2. ® lodestone.
3. a thing or person that attracts, as by some inherent power or charm.
[late ME magnete, from L magnes loadstone, magnet, from Greek Mágnes ( líthos ) (stone) of Magnesia (in Thessaly), loadstone. Cf. MAGNESIA ]