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magneto

[mag-nee-toh] /mægˈni toʊ/
noun, plural magnetos. Electricity
1.
a small electric generator with an armature that rotates in a magnetic field provided by permanent magnets, as a generator supplying ignition current for certain types of internal combustion engines or a hand-operated generator for telephone signaling.
Also called magnetoelectric generator, magnetogenerator.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; short for magnetoelectric generator
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British Dictionary definitions for magneto-electric generator

magneto

/mæɡˈniːtəʊ/
noun (pl) -tos
1.
a small electric generator in which the magnetic field is produced by a permanent magnet, esp one for providing the spark in an internal-combustion engine
Word Origin
C19: short for magnetoelectric generator
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Word Origin and History for magneto-electric generator

magneto

n.

1882, short for magneto-electric machine (see magneto-).

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