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 for Terrestrial magnetism
From 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.
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     2. The science which treats of magnetic phenomena.
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     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.
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     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.
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