- 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.
Origin of magneto
- a combining form representing magnetic or magnetism in compound words: magnetochemistry.
Examples from the Web for magneto
Magneto represents an extreme point of those views so you can sort of isolate them.The CIA Spook Turned Comic Book Scribe: Robin Grabs a Gun in ‘Grayson’
June 24, 2014
Readers unfamiliar with the twins may recognize their father, perennial X-Men villain, Magneto.
I was a huge fan of the X-Men comics growing up, and Magneto is great.‘Kick-Ass 2’ Star Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s Favorite Movie Villains
August 15, 2013
But Michael Fassbender reveals that he did the same thing, when he played Magneto in X-Men: First Class.George Clooney’s Worst Job? 10 Best Newsweek Oscar Roundtable Bits
Ramin Setoodeh, David Ansen
January 23, 2012
They are dependent upon a magneto which is dependent only upon faith.Free Air
The magneto was run by a belt from one of the ballonet blowers.The War in the Air; Vol. 1
It is usually run by suitable gearing direct from the shaft of the magneto.
As stated, a magneto is a special type of dynamo which will now be explained.
Provided the magneto were all right, he felt that he might get started again after all.Bert Wilson's Twin Cylinder Racer
J. W. Duffield
- 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
- indicating magnetism or magnetic propertiesmagnetosphere
Word Origin and History for magneto
1882, short for magneto-electric machine (see magneto-).
word-forming element meaning "magnetic, magnetism," from Greek magneto-, combining form of magnes (see magnet).