mag·​ne·​to | \ mag-ˈnē-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce magneto (audio) \
plural magnetos

Definition of magneto

: a magnetoelectric machine especially : an alternator with permanent magnets used to generate current for the ignition in an internal combustion engine

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Recent Examples on the Web Studies have shown that cockroaches and other types of insects seem to be capable of detecting magnetic fields (magneto-reception), and can also become magnetized themselves. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Cubed wombat poop, why your left nut runs hot, among Ig Nobel winners," 12 Sep. 2019 The ultra-thin strips work on what's known as the anisotropic magneto-resistive (AMR) effect. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Electronic Skin Can Give Humans Directional Superpowers," 16 Nov. 2018 Hit the first six times; then the second, eight taps; crank the handle of a little magneto, and, voila, somewhere a phone designated as No. Darryl Levings, kansascity, "Kansas City has been dialed in to telephone innovations from the very beginning," 2 June 2018 By the end of the film, that assassin has used his magneto powers to lift a stadium named for another assassinated Kennedy and crash it down around the 1973 White House. Darren Franich,, "In praise of the X-Men franchise's Weirdo Renaissance, which is probably over now," 14 Dec. 2017 The magneto, which sent juice to the spark plugs, was integrated with the flywheel, the flexible frame helped the T survive on deeply rutted dirt highways, and the planetary transmission made the car easy to drive. Tony Swan, Car and Driver, "This Is the Secret Room Where the Ford Model T Was Developed," 4 Oct. 2017 The bike was plagued by finicky carburetion and the magneto shafts were forever failing, sending AJS back to the drawing board. Chuck Squatriglia, WIRED, "Ultra-Rare AJS ‘Porcupine’ To Hit the Block," 18 May 2011

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First Known Use of magneto

1877, in the meaning defined above

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“Magneto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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