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 for magnet
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Magnet \Mag"net\ (m[a^]g"n[e^]t), n. [OE. magnete, OF. magnete,
     L. magnes, -etis, Gr. Magnh^tis li`qos a magnet, metal that
     looked like silver, prop., Magnesian stone, fr. Gr.
     Magnhsi`a, a country in Thessaly. Cf. Magnesia,
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
              Dinocrates began to make the arched roof of the
              temple of Arsino["e] all of magnet, or this
              loadstone.                            --Holland.
        [1913 Webster]
              Two magnets, heaven and earth, allure to bliss,
              The larger loadstone that, the nearer this.
        [1913 Webster]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
     Note: An artificial magnet, produced by the action of an
           electrical current, is called an electro-magnet.
           [1913 Webster]
     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.
        [1913 Webster] Magnetic

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      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" [syn: attraction,
         attractor, attracter, attractive feature, magnet]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  36 Moby Thesaurus words for "magnet":
     ambition, artificial magnet, bar magnet, catch,
     center of attraction, center of consciousness, center of interest,
     cynosure, dearest wish, desideration, desideratum, desire,
     electromagnetic lifting magnet, field magnet, focal point, focus,
     focus of attention, forbidden fruit, glimmering goal,
     golden vision, hope, horseshoe magnet, lodestar, lodestone,
     magnetic needle, magnetite, paramagnet, plum, point of convergence,
     polestar, prime focus, prize, solenoid, temptation, trophy, wish

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  MAGNET, n.  Something acted upon by magnetism.

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Magnet, NE -- U.S. village in Nebraska
     Population (2000):    79
     Housing Units (2000): 39
     Land area (2000):     0.144242 sq. miles (0.373585 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    0.144242 sq. miles (0.373585 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            30310
     Located within:       Nebraska (NE), FIPS 31
     Location:             42.455401 N, 97.470798 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     68749
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
      Magnet, NE

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