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  8  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Magic  \Mag"ic\,  Magical  \Mag"ic*al\,  a.  [L.  magicus  Gr  ?,  fr 
  ?:  cf  F.  magique  See  {Magi}.] 
  1.  Pertaining  to  the  hidden  wisdom  supposed  to  be  possessed 
  by  the  Magi;  relating  to  the  occult  powers  of  nature,  and 
  the  producing  of  effects  by  their  agency. 
 
  2.  Performed  by  or  proceeding  from  occult  and  superhuman 
  agencies;  done  by  or  seemingly  done  by  enchantment  or 
  sorcery.  Hence:  Seemingly  requiring  more  than  human  power; 
  imposing  or  startling  in  performance;  producing  effects 
  which  seem  supernatural  or  very  extraordinary;  having 
  extraordinary  properties;  as  a  magic  lantern;  a  magic 
  square  or  circle. 
 
  The  painter's  magic  skill.  --Cowper. 
 
  Note:  Although  with  certain  words  magic  is  used  more  than 
  magical,  --  as  magic  circle,  magic  square,  magic  wand, 
  --  we  may  in  general  say  magic  or  magical;  as  a  magic 
  or  magical  effect;  a  magic  or  magical  influence,  etc 
  But  when  the  adjective  is  predicative,  magical,  and  not 
  magic,  is  used  as  the  effect  was  magical. 
 
  {Magic  circle},  a  series  of  concentric  circles  containing  the 
  numbers  12  to  75  in  eight  radii,  and  having  somewhat 
  similar  properties  to  the  magic  square. 
 
  {Magic  humming  bird}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  Mexican  humming  bird 
  ({Iache  magica}),  having  white  downy  thing  tufts. 
 
  {Magic  lantern}.  See  {Lantern}. 
 
  {Magic  square},  numbers  so  disposed  in  parallel  and  equal 
  rows  in  the  form  of  a  square,  that  each  row,  taken 
  vertically,  horizontally,  or  diagonally,  shall  give  the 
  same  sum,  the  same  product,  or  an  harmonical  series, 
  according  as  the  numbers  taken  are  in  arithmetical, 
  geometrical,  or  harmonical  progression. 
 
  {Magic  wand},  a  wand  used  by  a  magician  in  performing  feats 
  of  magic. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Magic  \Mag"ic\,  n.  [OE.  magique  L.  magice,  Gr  ?  (sc.  ?),  fr 
  ?.  See  {Magic},  a.,  and  {Magi}.] 
  A  comprehensive  name  for  all  of  the  pretended  arts  which 
  claim  to  produce  effects  by  the  assistance  of  supernatural 
  beings,  or  departed  spirits,  or  by  a  mastery  of  secret  forces 
  in  nature  attained  by  a  study  of  occult  science,  including 
  enchantment,  conjuration,  witchcraft,  sorcery,  necromancy, 
  incantation,  etc 
 
  An  appearance  made  by  some  magic.  --Chaucer. 
 
  {Celestial  magic},  a  supposed  supernatural  power  which  gave 
  to  spirits  a  kind  of  dominion  over  the  planets,  and  to  the 
  planets  an  influence  over  men. 
 
  {Natural  magic},  the  art  of  employing  the  powers  of  nature  to 
  produce  effects  apparently  supernatural. 
 
  {Superstitious},  or  {Geotic},  {magic},  the  invocation  of 
  devils  or  demons,  involving  the  supposition  of  some  tacit 
  or  express  agreement  between  them  and  human  beings. 
 
  Syn:  Sorcery;  witchcraft;  necromancy;  conjuration; 
  enchantment. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  magic 
  adj  :  possessing  or  using  or  characteristic  of  or  appropriate  to 
  supernatural  powers;  "charming  incantations";  "magic 
  signs  that  protect  against  adverse  influence";  "a 
  magical  spell";  "'tis  now  the  very  witching  time  of 
  night"-  Shakespeare;  "wizard  wands";  "wizardly  powers" 
  [syn:  {charming},  {magical},  {sorcerous},  {witching(a)}, 
  {wizard(a)},  {wizardly}] 
  n  1:  any  art  that  invokes  supernatural  powers 
  2:  an  illusory  feat;  considered  magical  by  naive  observers 
  [syn:  {magic  trick},  {conjuring  trick},  {trick},  {legerdemain}, 
  {illusion},  {deception}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  magic  1.  adj  As  yet  unexplained,  or  too  complicated  to 
  explain;  compare  {automagically}  and  (Arthur  C.)  Clarke's  Third  Law: 
  "Any  sufficiently  advanced  technology  is  indistinguishable  from 
  magic."  "TTY  echoing  is  controlled  by  a  large  number  of  magic  bits." 
  "This  routine  magically  computes  the  parity  of  an  8-bit  byte  in  three 
  instructions."  2.  adj  Characteristic  of  something  that  works  although 
  no  one  really  understands  why  (this  is  especially  called  {black  magic}). 
  3.  n.  [Stanford]  A  feature  not  generally  publicized  that  allows  something 
  otherwise  impossible,  or  a  feature  formerly  in  that  category  but  now 
  unveiled.  4.  n.  The  ultimate  goal  of  all  engineering  &  development, 
  elegance  in  the  extreme;  from  the  first  corollary  to  Clarke's  Third  Law: 
  "Any  technology  distinguishable  from  magic  is  insufficiently  advanced". 
 
  Parodies  playing  on  these  senses  of  the  term  abound;  some  have  made 
  their  way  into  serious  documentation,  as  when  a  MAGIC  directive  was 
  described  in  the  Control  Card  Reference  for  GCOS  c.1978.  For  more  about 
  hackish  `magic',  see  {Appendix  A}.  Compare  {black  magic},  {wizardly}, 
  {deep  magic},  {heavy  wizardry}. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  MAGIC 
 
  An  early  system  on  the  {Midac}  computer. 
 
  [Listed  in  CACM  2(5):16  (May  1959)]. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (1995-01-25) 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  magic 
 
  1.  As  yet  unexplained,  or  too  complicated  to  explain;  compare 
  {automagically}  and  (Arthur  C.)  Clarke's  Third  Law: 
 
  Any  sufficiently  advanced  technology  is 
  indistinguishable  from  magic. 
 
  "TTY  echoing  is  controlled  by  a  large  number  of  magic  bits." 
  "This  routine  magically  computes  the  parity  of  an  8-bit  byte 
  in  three  instructions." 
 
  2.  Characteristic  of  something  that  works  although  no  one 
  really  understands  why  (this  is  especially  called  {black 
  magic}). 
 
  3.  (Stanford)  A  feature  not  generally  publicised  that  allows 
  something  otherwise  impossible  or  a  feature  formerly  in  that 
  category  but  now  unveiled. 
 
  Compare  {wizardly},  {deep  magic},  {heavy  wizardry}. 
 
  For  more  about  hackish  magic"  see  {Magic  Switch  Story}. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (1995-01-25) 
 
 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Magic 
  The  Jews  seem  early  to  have  consulted  the  teraphim  (q.v.)  for 
  oracular  answers  (Judg.  18:5,  6;  Zech.  10:2).  There  is  a 
  remarkable  illustration  of  this  divining  by  teraphim  in  Ezek. 
  21:19-22.  We  read  also  of  the  divining  cup  of  Joseph  (Gen. 
  44:5).  The  magicians  of  Egypt  are  frequently  referred  to  in  the 
  history  of  the  Exodus.  Magic  was  an  inherent  part  of  the  ancient 
  Egyptian  religion,  and  entered  largely  into  their  daily  life. 
 
  All  magical  arts  were  distinctly  prohibited  under  penalty  of 
  death  in  the  Mosaic  law.  The  Jews  were  commanded  not  to  learn 
  the  abomination"  of  the  people  of  the  Promised  Land  (Lev. 
  19:31;  Deut.  18:9-14).  The  history  of  Saul's  consulting  the 
  witch  of  Endor  (1  Sam.  28:3-20)  gives  no  warrant  for  attributing 
  supernatural  power  to  magicians.  From  the  first  the  witch  is 
  here  only  a  bystander.  The  practice  of  magic  lingered  among  the 
  people  till  after  the  Captivity,  when  they  gradually  abandoned 
  it 
 
  It  is  not  much  referred  to  in  the  New  Testament.  The  Magi 
  mentioned  in  Matt.  2:1-12  were  not  magicians  in  the  ordinary 
  sense  of  the  word  They  belonged  to  a  religious  caste,  the 
  followers  of  Zoroaster,  the  astrologers  of  the  East.  Simon,  a 
  magician,  was  found  by  Philip  at  Samaria  (Acts  8:9-24);  and  Paul 
  and  Barnabas  encountered  Elymas,  a  Jewish  sorcerer,  at  Paphos 
  (13:6-12).  At  Ephesus  there  was  a  great  destruction  of  magical 
  books  (Acts  19:18,  19). 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  MAGIC,  n.  An  art  of  converting  superstition  into  coin.  There  are 
  other  arts  serving  the  same  high  purpose,  but  the  discreet 
  lexicographer  does  not  name  them 
 
 




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