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Din dicționarul The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     2. Performed by, or proceeding from, occult and superhuman
        agencies; done by, or seemingly done by, enchantment or
        sorcery; as, a magical spell. 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.
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              The painter's magic skill.            --Cowper.
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     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.
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     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 (Zool.), 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.
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