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n. pl. mag·ne·tos
A device that produces alternating current for distribution to the spark plugs, used in the ignition systems of some internal-combustion engines.

[Short for magnetoelectric machine.]


n, pl -tos
(Automotive Engineering) 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
[C19: short for magnetoelectric generator]


(mægˈni toʊ)

n., pl. -tos.
a small electric generator in which permanent magnets provide the magnetic field.


a combining form representing magnetic or magnetism in compound words: magnetometer.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.magneto - a small dynamo with a secondary winding that produces a high voltage enabling a spark to jump between the poles of a spark plug in a gasoline enginemagneto - a small dynamo with a secondary winding that produces a high voltage enabling a spark to jump between the poles of a spark plug in a gasoline engine
generator - engine that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy by electromagnetic induction
ignition system, ignition - the mechanism that ignites the fuel in an internal-combustion engine


[mægˈniːtəʊ] Nmagneto f


nMagnetzünder m


[mægˈniːtəʊ] n (Elettr) → magnete m
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Both magnetos (Slick p/n M3050) on this engine show same defect.
During a 500-hour magneto inspection, the impulse coupling was discovered to have cracks in its flyweight base plate.
Using magnetos (which are not dependent upon the electrical system to create a spark for firing the plugs), engineers needed a way to increase the initial voltage to the spark plug.
Magnetos and Magneto Service book, first published in 1942, this 46-page book has seven well-illustrated chapters on inductor type, flywheel type, Wico EK, magnetizing, building a magnet charger, magnetizing equipment and fine points on service.
Thomas was able to climb to about 300 feet, where he tried to regain power by switching fuel tanks, adjusting the carburetor and switching electric current between the right and left magnetos, or generators, the report said.
The June 2012 article on magnetos ("The Sparks That Let You Fly") was very complete.
Although solid-state ignitions have made inroads in the experimental market, makers of OEM aircraft have shunned them and even though the airplane ownership community has its share of gearheads, there haven't been enough of them to make ideas like Unison's LASAR magnetos or Continental's PowerLink FADEC take flight.
Both magnetos had factory torque seal applied to the top cover screws.
During the Cessna 172S's first 100-hour inspection, a technician found both magnetos had slipped their timing approximately five degrees.
When you take it out of the equation by turning the ignition key to select the other magneto, the rpm is not much lower than what it was with both magnetos engaged.
Since magnetos operate independently of the aircraft's electrical system, if any, the engine also will keep running even if the electrical system fails.