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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
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Examples from the web for carburetor
  • The catalytic converter was a necessary evil prior to fuel injection, when the car had a carburetor, but those days are gone.
  • Apparently when the ship nosed down an additional supply of gasoline drained the carburetor.
  • The jet was a thin metal tube about three quarters of an inch long that screwed into the throat of the carburetor.
  • Both the fuel tank and carburetor undergo temperature rises with the carburetor experiencing the higher peak temperatures.
  • Both the carburetor and engine were found separated from the fuselage and each other.
  • It's as though a mechanic reworks an automobile's fuel system to compensate for a faulty carburetor.
  • He may well follow astrology quite fervently, but he doesn't apply it to cleaning the carburetor.
  • Best practices say that you check the fuel filter first and if that doesn't work, move on to the carburetor and the fuel pump.
British Dictionary definitions for carburetor


/ˌkɑːbjʊˈrɛtə; ˈkɑːbjʊˌrɛtə; -bə-/
a device used in petrol engines for atomizing the petrol, controlling its mixture with air, and regulating the intake of the air-petrol mixture into the engine Informal term carb Compare fuel injection
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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.

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