magneto

noun mag·ne·to \ mag-ˈnē-(ˌ)tō \
|Updated on: 7 Jun 2018

Definition of magneto

plural magnetos
: 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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