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mag·a·zine (măgə-zēn, măgə-zēn)
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n.
1. A periodical containing a collection of articles, stories, pictures, or other features.
2. A television program that presents a variety of topics, usually on current events, in a format that often includes interviews and commentary.
3.
a. A place where goods are stored, especially a building in a fort or a storeroom on a warship where ammunition is kept.
b. The contents of a storehouse, especially a stock of ammunition.
4.
a. A compartment in some types of firearms, often a small detachable box, in which cartridges are held to be fed into the firing chamber.
b. A compartment in a camera in which rolls or cartridges of film are held for feeding through the exposure mechanism.
c. Any of various compartments attached to machines, used for storing or supplying necessary material.
adj.
Of or relating to periodicals: a magazine story.

[French magasin, storehouse, from Old French magazin (possibly via Old Italian magazzino), from Arabic maāzin, pl. of mazan, from azana, to store, from Aramaic assen, to possess, hoard, derived stem of əsan, to be strong; see sn in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]

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