Definition of magneto noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//mæɡˈniːtəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//mæɡˈniːtoʊ//
(pl. magnetos)
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a small piece of equipment that uses magnets to produce the electricity that lights the fuel in the engine of a car, etc. Word Originlate 19th cent.: abbreviation of magneto-electric.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: magneto