[kahr-buh-rey-ter, -byuh-]
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] .

1860–65; carburet + -or2 Unabridged
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carburettor, (US) carburetter or (US) carburetor (ˌkɑːbjʊˈrɛtə, ˈkɑːbjʊˌrɛtə, -bə-, ˌkɑːbjʊˈrɛtə, ˈkɑːbjʊˌrɛtə, -bə-, ˈkɑːbjʊˌreɪtə, -bə-)
Compare fuel injection Informal term: carb 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
carburetter, (US) carburetter or (US) carburetor
carburetor, (US) carburetter or (US) carburetor

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Word Origin & History

1866, from carburet "compound of carbon and another substance" (1795), from carb- + -uret, an archaic suffix formed from Mod.L. -uretum to parallel Fr. words in -ure. Motor vehicle sense is from 1896.
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Example sentences
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.
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