force lines
  • Within a field where a force acts, imaginary lines whose tangent at any given point represent the direction of said field at that point. The closer together the lines, the greater the strength of the field. May be used, for instance, in the context of electric, magnetic, or gravitational fields.
  • Within an electric field, imaginary lines whose tangent at any given point represent the direction of said electric field at that point. Electric force lines are utilized to represent the electric field surrounding a charged particle or body, and the closer together the lines, the greater the strength of the said field. Also called electric force lines, electric lines of force, electric lines of flux, electric flux lines, or electrostatic flux.
  • Within a magnetic field, imaginary lines whose tangent at any given point represent the direction of said magnetic field at that point. Magnetic force lines are utilized to represent the magnetic field surrounding a magnetic body or entity, such as a permanent magnet or a medium carrying a current. The closer together the lines, the greater the strength of the magnetic field. Also called magnetic force lines, magnetic lines of force, magnetic lines of flux, or magnetic flux lines.

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