throttle

throttler, n.
/throt"l/, n., v., throttled, throttling.
n.
1. Also called throttle lever. a lever, pedal, handle, etc., for controlling or manipulating a throttle valve.
3. the throat, gullet, or windpipe, as of a horse.
4. at full throttle, at maximum speed.
v.t.
5. to stop the breath of by compressing the throat; strangle.
6. to choke or suffocate in any way.
7. to compress by fastening something tightly around.
8. to silence or check as if by choking: His message was throttled by censorship.
9. Mach.
a. to obstruct or check the flow of (a fluid), as to control the speed of an engine.
b. to reduce the pressure of (a fluid) by passing it from a smaller area to a larger one.
[1350-1400; (v.) ME throtelen, freq. of throten to cut the throat of (someone), strangle, deriv. of THROAT; (n.) prob. dim. of ME throte THROAT; cf. G Drossel]

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Valve for regulating the supply of a fluid (as steam) to an engine, especially the valve controlling the volume of vaporized fuel delivered to the cylinders of an internal-combustion engine.

In an automobile engine, gasoline is held in a chamber above the carburetor. Air flows down through the throat of the carburetor, past the throttle valve, and into the intake manifold. A throat is formed by the reduced diameter, and acceleration of the air through this smaller passage causes a decrease in pressure related to the amount of air flowing. This decrease in throat pressure results in fuel flow from the jet into the airstream. Any increase in airflow caused by change in engine speed or throttle position increases the pressure differential acting on the fuel and causes more fuel to flow. See also venturi tube.

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  • Throttle — Throt tle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Throttled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Throttling}.] 1. To compress the throat of; to choke; to strangle. [1913 Webster] Grant him this, and the Parliament hath no more freedom than if it sat in his noose, which, when he… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Throttle — Throt tle, v. i. 1. To have the throat obstructed so as to be in danger of suffocation; to choke; to suffocate. [1913 Webster] 2. To breathe hard, as when nearly suffocated. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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