Meaning of magneto

mag•ne•to

Pronunciation: (mag-nē'tō), [key]
— pl. -tos.
  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

magneto-

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a combining form representingorin compound words: magnetochemistry.
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