magneto-electric generator

magneto

[mag-nee-toh]
noun, plural magnetos. Electricity.
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:
1880–85; short for magnetoelectric generator

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magneto (mæɡˈniːtəʊ)
 
n , pl -tos
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
 
[C19: short for magnetoelectric generator]

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