carburettor

carburetor

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


Origin:
1860–65; carburet + -or2

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carburettor, (US) carburetter or (US) carburetor (ˌkɑːbjʊˈrɛtə, ˈkɑːbjʊˌrɛtə, -bə-, ˌkɑːbjʊˈrɛtə, ˈkɑːbjʊˌrɛtə, -bə-, ˈkɑːbjʊˌreɪtə, -bə-)
 
n
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
 
n
 
carburetor, (US) carburetter or (US) carburetor
 
n

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carburetor
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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