Definition - What does Magnet mean?

A Magnet is an object or material that is capable of producing a magnetic field. Usually, a Magnet creates an invisible magnetic field, which is the most prominent property of the Magnet. The magnetic field is capable of attracting ferromagnetic materials as well as pushing away other Magnets. The most common examples of ferromagnetic materials are iron, cobalt and nickel. These metals can be magnetized and will only get attracted to a Magnet that has strong magnetic properties, i.e., a strong magnetic field. A Magnet has a north and south pole.

Petropedia explains Magnet

A Magnet is a common object that has magnetic properties and can create a magnetic field. The natural example of a Magnet is Iodestone, a mineral that is capable of attracting iron pieces. In general, a Magnet will attract ferrous materials, i.e., objects having traces of iron in them. Therefore, metals such as iron, cobalt and nickel are most likely to get attracted to a Magnet. When a material is magnetized to produce its own continuous magnetic field, it becomes a permanent Magnet. However, a ferrous material is only prone to get attracted to a magnet that has strong magnetism. Ideally, two Magnets can also get attracted to each other. In this case, the opposite poles of the two Magnets will attract, i.e., a north and south pole.

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