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magnetism

MAG'NETISM, n. That branch of science which treats of the properties of the magnet, the power of the lodestone, &c.

1. Power of attraction; as the magnetism of interest.

Animal magnetism, a sympathy supposed to exist between the magnet and the human body, by means of which the magnet is said to be able to cure diseases; or a fluid supposed to exist throughout nature, and to be the medium of influence between celestial bodies, and the earth and human bodies.




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MAG'NETISM, n. That branch of science which treats of the properties of the magnet, the power of the lodestone, &c.

1. Power of attraction; as the magnetism of interest.

Animal magnetism, a sympathy supposed to exist between the magnet and the human body, by means of which the magnet is said to be able to cure diseases; or a fluid supposed to exist throughout nature, and to be the medium of influence between celestial bodies, and the earth and human bodies.


MAG'NET-ISM, n.

  1. That branch of science which treats of the properties of the magnet, the power of the lodestone, &c.
  2. Power of attraction; as, the magnetism of interest. Glanville. Animal magnetism, a sympathy supposed to exist between the magnet and the human body, by means of which the magnet is said to be able to cure diseases; or a fluid supposed to exist throughout nature, and to be the medium of influence between celestial bodies, and the earth and human bodies.

Mag"net*ism
  1. The science which treats of magnetic phenomena.
  2. Power of attraction; power to excite the feelings and to gain the affections.

    "By the magnetism of interest our affections are irresistibly attracted." Glanvill.

    Animal magnetism, a force, more or less analogous to magnetism, which, it has been 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.

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Magnetism

MAG'NETISM, noun That branch of science which treats of the properties of the magnet, the power of the lodestone, etc.

1. Power of attraction; as the magnetism of interest.

Animal magnetism a sympathy supposed to exist between the magnet and the human body, by means of which the magnet is said to be able to cure diseases; or a fluid supposed to exist throughout nature, and to be the medium of influence between celestial bodies, and the earth and human bodies.

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