- The definition of magic is producing mysterious or extraordinary results.
An example of magic used as an adjective is in the phrase "magic potion" which means a potion that works in mysterious, unexplainable ways.
- Magic is defined as the art of using spells, charms and rituals to control supernational forces, or the art of performing tricks and illusions.
An example of magic is pulling a rabbit out of a previously empty hat.
Was it magic that brought this rabbit out of the hat?
A magic trick.
- the use of spells, charms, and rituals in seeking or pretending to cause or control events or to govern certain natural or supernatural forces; occultism
- such spells, charms, etc.
- any mysterious, seemingly inexplicable, or extraordinary power or quality: the magic of love
- the art or performing skill of producing baffling effects or illusions by sleight of hand, concealed apparatus, etc.
Origin of magicMiddle English magike ; from Old French magique ; from Classical Latin magice ; from Classical Greek magikē (technē), magic (art), sorcery ; from magikos, of the Magi: see Magi
- of, produced by, used in, or using magic
- producing extraordinary results, as if by magic or supernatural means
Origin of magicL magicus < Gr magikos
- a. The art or practice of using charms, spells, or rituals to attempt to produce supernatural effects or control events in nature.b. The charms, spells, and rituals so used.
- The exercise of sleight of hand or conjuring, as in making something seem to disappear, for entertainment.
- A mysterious quality of enchantment: “For me the names of those men breathed the magic of the past” (Max Beerbohm).
- Of, relating to, or invoking the supernatural: “stubborn unlaid ghost / That breaks his magic chains at curfew time” (John Milton).
- Possessing distinctive qualities that produce unaccountable or baffling effects.
transitive verbmag·icked, mag·ick·ing, mag·ics
- To produce, alter, or cause by or as if by magic: “Intelligent warm-hearted Gertrude had magicked him into happiness” (Iris Murdoch).
- To cause to disappear by or as if by magic. Used with away: His shoes had been magicked away in the night.
Origin of magicMiddle English magik, from Old French magique, from Late Latin magica, from Latin magicē, from Greek magikē, from feminine of magikos, of the Magi, magical, from magos, magician, magus; see Magus .
(usually uncountable, plural magics)
- The use of rituals or actions, especially based on supernatural or occult knowledge, to manipulate or obtain information about the natural world, especially when seen as falling outside the realm of religion; also the forces allegedly drawn on for such practices. [from 14th c.]
- A specific ritual or procedure associated with supernatural magic or with mysticism; a spell. [from 14th c.]
- Something producing remarkable results, especially when not fully understood; an enchanting quality; exceptional skill. [from 17th c.]
- A conjuring trick or illusion performed to give the appearance of supernatural phenomena or powers. [from 19th c.]
- Having supernatural talents, properties or qualities attributed to magic. [from 14th c.]
- Producing extraordinary results, as though through the use of magic; wonderful, amazing. [from 17th c.]
- a magic moment
- Pertaining to conjuring tricks or illusions performed for entertainment etc. [from 19th c.]
- a magic show; a magic trick
- (colloquial) Great; excellent. [from 20th c.]
- — I cleaned up the flat while you were out. — Really? Magic!
- (physics) Describing the number of nucleons in a particularly stable isotopic nucleus; 2, 8, 20, 28, 50, 82, 126, and 184. [from 20th c.]
(third-person singular simple present magics, present participle magicking, simple past and past participle magicked)
From Middle French magique (noun and adjective), from Latin magicus (adjective), magica (noun use of feminine form of magicus), from Ancient Greek μαγικός (magikos, “magical”), from μάγος (magos, “magus”). Displaced native Middle English dweomercraft (“magic, magic arts”) (from Old English dwimor (“phantom, illusion”) + cræft (“art”)), Old English galdorcræft (“magic, enchantment”), Old English drȳcræft (“magic, sorcery”).
- The decrypted Japanese messages produced by US cryptographers in and prior to World War II.
- Ultra (the UK effort to decrypt German messages in WW II)