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That is the true ideal; a great nation ought not to be a hammer, but a magnet.

Then he saw that the magnet was fast to the side of the flier, near the stern.

No knife, no rocket pistol, no line with magnet for securing oneself to a hull.

Solange was smiling at him, a smile that drew him like a magnet.

We learn first to play with it academically, as the magnet was once a toy.

"I hear it whispered what magnet draws you thither," he said.

This garden, once Angermann's and made famous by Wagner, is still a magnet.

But you said the polarity couldn't be that of a magnet; then what?

I checked and sat grinning as she came up, the magnet in her hand.

This can be done by spinning a loop of wire between the poles of a magnet.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c. (earlier magnes, late 14c.), from Old French magnete "magnetite, magnet, lodestone," and directly from Latin magnetum (nominative magnes) "lodestone," from Greek ho Magnes lithos "the Magnesian stone," from Magnesia, region in Thessaly where magnetized ore was obtained. Figurative use from 1650s. It has spread from Latin to most Western European languages (cf. German and Danish magnet, Dutch magneet, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese magnete), but it was superseded in French by aimant. Also cf. magnesia. Chick magnet attested from 1989.

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