- the art of producing illusions as entertainment by the use of sleight of hand, deceptive devices, etc.; legerdemain; conjuring: to pull a rabbit out of a hat by magic.
- the art of producing a desired effect or result through the use of incantation or various other techniques that presumably assure human control of supernatural agencies or the forces of nature.Compare contagious magic, imitative magic, sympathetic magic.
- the use of this art: Magic, it was believed, could drive illness from the body.
- the effects produced: the magic of recovery.
- power or influence exerted through this art: a wizard of great magic.
- any extraordinary or mystical influence, charm, power, etc.: the magic in a great name; the magic of music; the magic of spring.
- (initial capital letter) the U.S. code name for information from decrypting machine-enciphered Japanese wireless messages before and during World War II.
- employed in magic: magic spells; magic dances; magic rites.
- mysteriously enchanting; magical: magic beauty.
- of, relating to, or due to magic.
- producing the effects of magic; magical: a magic touch.
verb (used with object), mag·icked, mag·ick·ing.
- to create, transform, move, etc., by or as if by magic: I magicked him into a medieval knight.
- the art that, by use of spells, supposedly invokes supernatural powers to influence events; sorcery
- the practice of this art
- the practice of illusory tricks to entertain other people; conjuring
- any mysterious or extraordinary quality or powerthe magic of springtime
- like magic very quickly
adjective Also: magical
- of or relating to magica magic spell
- possessing or considered to possess mysterious powersa magic wand
- unaccountably enchantingmagic beauty
- informal wonderful; marvellous; exciting
verb -ics, -icking or -icked (tr)
- to transform or produce by or as if by magic
- (foll by away) to cause to disappear by or as if by magic
n.late 14c., “art of influencing events and producing marvels using hidden natural forces,” from Old French magique “magic, magical,” from Late Latin magice “sorcery, magic,” from Greek magike (presumably with tekhne “art”), fem. of magikos “magical,” from magos “one of the members of the learned and priestly class,” from Old Persian magush, possibly from PIE *magh- (1) “to be able, to have power” (see machine). Transferred sense of “legerdemain, optical illusion, etc.” is from 1811. Displaced Old English wiccecræft (see witch); also drycræft, from dry “magician,” from Irish drui “priest, magician” (see druid). adj.late 14c., from Old French magique, from Latin magicus “magic, magical,” from Greek magikos, from magike (see magic (n.)). Magic carpet first attested 1816. Magic Marker (1951) is a registered trademark (U.S.) by Speedry Products, Inc., Richmond Hill, N.Y. Magic lantern “optical instrument whereby a magnified image is thrown upon a wall or screen” is 1690s, from Modern Latin laterna magica. v.1906, from magic (n.).