Dictionary:Magnetic dipole

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1. The current loop that is the elementary source of a magnetic field. The current may be free or bound (as in electron orbitals in magnetized materials). See also magnetic pole and magnetic dipole moment. 2. A source of electromagnetic energy created by an alternating current in a single or multiturn loop carried from an aircraft or laid out on the ground. 3. The magnetically polarized nature of rocks and ore bodies. See Figure M-1.