One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small electric generator containing a permanent magnet and used to provide high-voltage pulses, especially (formerly) in the ignition systems of internal combustion engines.
- ‘A magneto blew up at 9,000 ft over the sea between Cyprus and Jordan, a moment that she describes as ‘heartstopping.’’
- ‘Each engine had seven improved and interchangeable magnetos, each feeding a grouping of four cylinders.’
- ‘If it's fuel or oil pressure, think pumps; for fuel quantity, think tanks or cross-feed; for temperature, think mixture, cowl flaps and air flow; for air, think carburetor heat or alternate air; and for ignition, think magnetos.’
- ‘The firing mechanism mechanically fires the spotting rifle and uses a magneto to fire the rocket.’
- ‘Authored by John Schwaner, arguably the world's foremost expert on aircraft magnetos, the book covers everything you could possibly want to know about how your aircraft ignition system works.’
- ‘The magnetos, fuel pump, vacuum pump, starter and spark plugs were removed from the engine.’
- ‘Suspecting the electronic ignition, the team disabled the electronics and started the engine ‘the old way,’ using just the magnetos.’
- ‘After the installation of two new magnetos, Hunter flew on to Cleveland’
- ‘Condensation in the magnetos will cause shorting of the breaker points.’
- ‘Then check the magnetos at the request of the flight engineer.’
- ‘Wartime models had only steel wheels, a magneto and hand crank, instead of a battery.’
- ‘The hammer was soon replaced by a magneto powered with a hand crank.’
- ‘A magneto broke, the supercharger was knocked off the engine, and some connecting rods broke.’
- ‘Checklist complete, here we go: Clear, primer out and ready, starter button press, one blade, two blades, magnetos on, and a little shot of prime as the engine began to cough and sputter.’
- ‘A review of the aircraft's maintenance records did not disclose any previous work written up as having been performed on the magnetos or engine ignition system.’
- ‘In 1941 the U.S. Office of Production Management authorized Bosch officials to build a $700,000 facility for aircraft magnetos.’
- ‘Carburetors, magnetos and spark plugs were all carefully checked.’
- ‘This magneto is the type of small generator incorporated in early telephones, and was used to ring telephone bells at the central office and on the subscriber's party line.’
- ‘The magnetos were in the ceiling behind the front pilot.’
- ‘Air was directed to the spark plugs, magnetos, distributors and to the cap baffles of the turbosupercharger.’
Late 19th century: abbreviation of magneto-electric.
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