Weil, Robert T., Jr. Formerly, School of Engineering, Manhattan College, New York, New York.
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A type of permanent-magnet alternating-current generator frequently used as a source of ignition energy on tractor, marine, industrial, and aviation engines. The higher cost of magneto ignition is not warranted in modern automobiles, where storage batteries are required for other electrically operated equipment. Hand-operated magneto generators were once widely used for signaling from local battery telephone sets. See also: Generator
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