Definition of Magic number

1. Noun. The atomic number of an extra stable strongly bound atomic nucleus: 2, 8, 20, 28, 50, 82 or 126.

Generic synonyms: Atomic Number

Definition of Magic number

1. Noun. (physics) the number of neutrons or protons in nuclei which are required to fill the major quantum shells, and thus produce exceptionally stable nuclei - 2, 8, 20, 28, 50, 82 & 126 ¹

2. Noun. (baseball) A metric used to determine a team's required performance to make the playoffs. ¹

3. Noun. (computing) ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Magic Number

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magic cookie
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magic cubes
magic eye
magic eyes
magic lamp
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magic lantern
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magic markers
magic mud
magic mushroom
magic mushrooms
magic number (current term)
magic numbers
magic point
magic points
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magic puddings
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magic realist
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magic squares
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Literary usage of Magic number

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1. Merging the Deposit Insurance Funds: Hearing Before the Committee on Banking edited by Marge Roukema (2001)
"Most importantly, we have to ask: where did this magic number come from? ... The true number we should be dealing with, the magic number, should have been ..."

2. Words, Words, Words: Teaching Vocabulary in Grades 4-12 by Janet Allen (1999)
"If a given row doesn'to add up to the magic number, students have made an ... In Figure 5.6, created by Anne Cobb, the a: magic number (the total of each ..."

3. Refugees Into Citizens: Palestinians and the End of the Arab-Israeli Conflict by Donna E. Arzt (1997)
"But assuming consensus could somehow be reached on the "magic number," current estimates should be calculated easily with the standard ..."

4. Alliance Adrift by Yoichi Funabashi (1999)
"magic number The figure of approximately 100000, however, quickly took on a life of its own as if it were some kind of magic number. ..."

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