- Electro-magnet E*lec`tro-mag"net, n. A mass, usually of soft iron, but sometimes of some other magnetic metal, as nickel or cobalt, rendered temporarily magnetic by being placed within a coil of wire through which a current of electricity is passing. The metal is generally in the form of a bar, either straight, or bent into the shape of a horseshoe. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.