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[kahr-buh-rey-ter, -byuh-] /ˈkɑr bəˌreɪ tər, -byə-/
a device for mixing vaporized fuel with air to produce a combustible or explosive mixture, as for an internal-combustion engine.
Also, carburator, carbureter; especially British, carburettor, carburetter
[kahr-byuh-ret-er] /ˈkɑr byəˌrɛt ər/ (Show IPA)
Origin of carburetor
1860-65; carburet + -or2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • So one by one they wormed their way out to fix the ignition, adjust the carburetor, or hack free the cogs which moved the tracks.

  • The first was sure that there was dirt on the point of the needle valve, in the carburetor.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • "Then here goes for a fast ride," declared Jack, reaching for the handle controlling the mixing valve of the carburetor.

    Boy Scouts Mysterious Signal G. Harvey Ralphson
  • And have a man from the garage with extra tires and a timer for the carburetor.

    Eve to the Rescue Ethel Hueston
  • Should the motor flood too easily, or should it take too much choking, have the carburetor readjusted.

    Mechanical Devices in the Home Edith Louise Allen
  • It must have been taken off in the service station where we had the carburetor adjusted.

    The Campfire Girls Go Motoring Hildegard G. Frey
  • Then he smoothed his manner and went back to the carburetor.

    Cabin Fever B. M. Bower
  • He got out his electric lamp, and began tinkering with the carburetor.

    The Professor's Mystery Wells Hastings
  • The carburetor flushes his blood with oxygen, the decompression tank adjusts him to the lack of air-pressure.

    Sjambak John Holbrook Vance
  • There is a possibility that the jets in the carburetor are stopped up.

    Aviation Engines Victor Wilfred Pag
Word Origin and History for carburetor

device to enhance a gas flame, 1866, from carburet "compound of carbon and another substance" (1795, now displaced by carbide), also used as a verb, "to combine with carbon" (1802); from carb-, comb. form of carbon, + -uret, an archaic suffix formed from Modern Latin -uretum to parallel French words in -ure. Motor vehicle sense is from 1896.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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