magnetic lines of force


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magnetic lines of force

The lines indicating the direction of the magnetic force in the space surrounding a magnet or constituting a magnetic field.
See also: line
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When a circuit was closed and electricity was set to flowing, magnetic lines of force sprang outward and crossed the second coil, inducing an electric current.
This linking is called magnetic reconnection, and it happens when magnetic lines of force snap into new arrangements, releasing heat and energy (see the time series below).
Iron filings sprinkled around a bar magnet reveal that the magnetic lines of force loop from one end of the bar to the other and are densest, or strongest, at each end.