Pronunciation: (mag'nit), [key]
1. a body, as a piece of iron or steel, that possesses the property of attracting certain substances, as iron.
2. a lodestone.
3. a thing or person that attracts: The park was a magnet for pickpockets and muggers.
var. of magneto- before some vowels: magneton.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.