A type of bearing in which the force that separates the relatively moving surfaces is produced be a magnetic field.

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  1. The field of influence which an electric current produces around the conductor through which it flows. 2. A rapidly moving electric field and its associated magnetic field located at right angles to both electric lines of force and to their direction of motion. 3. The magnetic field resulting from the flow of electricity.


Angular distance between the horizontal and the direction of a line of force of the earth’s magnetic field at any point. Also called DIP, MAGNETIC INCLINATION.


A magnetic needle used in compass adjustment to find the relative intensity of the horizontal components of the earth’s magnetic field and the magnetic field at the compass location. Also called HORIZONTAL FORCE INSTRUMENT.


A moving conductor microphone in which the flexible diaphragm is attached to a coil positioned in the fixed magnetic field of a permanent magnet. Also known as moving-coil microphone.


The phenomena associated with magnetic fields and their effects upon magnetic materials, notably iron and steel. The magnetism of the north-seeking end of a freely suspended magnet is called red magnetism; the magnetism of the south-seeking end is called blue magnetism. Magnetism acquired by a piece of magnetic material while it is in a magnetic field is called induced magnetism. Permanent magnetism is retained for long periods without appreciable reduction, unless the magnet is subjected to a demagnetizing force. The magnetism in the intermediate iron of a ship which tends to change as the result of vibration, aging, or cruising in the same direction for a long period but does not alter immediately so as to be properly termed induced magnetism is called sub permanent magnetism. Magnetism which remains after removal of the magne- tizing force may be called residual magnetism. The magnetism of the earth is called terrestrial magnetism or geomagnetism.


A loudspeaker in which the moving diaphragm is attached to a current-carrying voice coil that interacts with a constant magnetic field to give the in-and-out motion required for the production of sound waves. Also known as dynamic speaker; moving-coil loudspeaker.


A line indicating the direction in which a force acts, as in a magnetic field


An anomaly of the magnetic field of the earth, extending over a relatively small area, due to local magnetic influences. Also called LOCAL ATTRACTION, MAGNETIC ANOMALY.


The production of electromotive force (EMF) in a conductor through relative motion of a conductor and a magnetic field, or by the change in the strength of magnetic flux around the conductor.


A proximity sensor which uses an alternating magnetic field to create eddy currents in nearby objects, and then the currents are used to detect the presence of the objects.

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