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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.