The definition of charm is something thought to have magic power, piece of jewelry or a person or thing that attracts others.noun
- An example of a charm is a rabbit's foot keychain.
- An example of a charm is a small silver butterfly pendant worn with other pendants on a bracelet.
- An example of a charm is someone with a beautiful and welcoming smile.
- a chanted word, phrase, or verse assumed to have magic power to help or hurt; incantation
- the chanting of such a word, phrase, or verse
- any object assumed to have such power, as an amulet or talisman
- any trinket worn as a decoration on a bracelet, necklace, watch chain, etc.
- any action or gesture assumed to have magic power
- a quality or feature in someone or something that attracts or delights people
- Particle Physics an individuating property of quarks and other elementary particles: it is expressed as a quantum number, with +1 used of a particle that has charm () and 0 used of one that does not
Origin: ME charme < OFr < L carmen, song, verse, charm < *canmen < canere, to sing: see chant
- to act on as though by magic; seemingly cast a spell on
- to protect from harm as though by magic
- to attract or please greatly; enchant; allure; fascinate; delight
- to practice magic
- to be charming; please greatly
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- The power or quality of pleasing or delighting; attractiveness: a breezy tropical setting of great charm.
- A particular quality that attracts; a delightful characteristic: A mischievous grin was among the child's many charms.
- A small ornament, such as one worn on a bracelet.
- An item worn for its supposed magical benefit, as in warding off evil; an amulet.
- An action or formula thought to have magical power.
- The chanting of a magic word or verse; incantation.
- Physics A quantum property of the charm quark whose conservation explains the absence of certain strange-particle decay modes and that accounts for the longevity of the J particle.
- To attract or delight greatly: the simple elegance of the meal charmed the guests.
- To induce by using strong personal attractiveness: charmed the guard into admitting them without invitations.
- To cast or seem to cast a spell on; bewitch.
- To be alluring or pleasing.
- To function as an amulet or charm.
- To use magic spells.
Origin: Middle English charme, magic spell, from Old French, from Latin carmen, incantation; see kan- in Indo-European roots.
- charmˈing·ly adverb
- charmˈless adjective
charm - Phrases/IdiomsThe American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
charm - Science Definition
- One of the flavors of quarks, contributing to the charm number—a quantum number—for hadrons.
- A charmed particle is a particle that contains at least one charmed quark or charmed antiquark. The charmed quark was hypothesized to account for the longevity of the J/psi particle and to explain differences in the behavior of leptons and hadrons. See more at flavor.
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