1. Either of the two ends of a magnet at which the field of the magnet is most intense. Like magnetic poles repel; opposite magnetic poles attract. Each pole is designated either north or south, according to the geographic pole of the Earth toward which it is attracted.
2. A geomagnetic pole.
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