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throttle

[throt-l] /ˈθrɒt l/
noun
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.
verb (used with object), throttled, throttling.
4.
to stop the breath of by compressing the throat; strangle.
5.
to choke or suffocate in any way.
6.
to compress by fastening something tightly around.
7.
to silence or check as if by choking:
His message was throttled by censorship.
8.
Machinery.
  1. to obstruct or check the flow of (a fluid), as to control the speed of an engine.
  2. to reduce the pressure of (a fluid) by passing it from a smaller area to a larger one.
Idioms
9.
at full throttle, at maximum speed.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; (v.) Middle English throtelen, frequentative of throten to cut the throat of (someone), strangle, derivative of throat; (noun) probably diminutive of Middle English throte throat; compare German Drossel
Related forms
throttler, noun
unthrottled, adjective
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  • throttle-by-wire technology, also known as electronic throttle control, replaced cables or mechanical connections.
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  • There's a tiller handle with a twist throttle similar to a motorcycle on the steering handle.
  • Under quick deceleration, stepper motors on the throttle bodies open, reducing the effects the engine has on corner entry.
British Dictionary definitions for throttle

throttle

/ˈθrɒtəl/
noun
1.
Also called throttle valve. any device that controls the quantity of fuel or fuel and air mixture entering an engine
2.
an informal or dialect word for throat
verb (transitive)
3.
to kill or injure by squeezing the throat
4.
to suppress: to throttle the press
5.
to control or restrict (a flow of fluid) by means of a throttle valve
Derived Forms
throttler, noun
Word Origin
C14:throtelen, from throtethroat
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Word Origin and History for throttle
v.

"strangle to death," c.1400, probably from Middle English throte "throat" (see throat). Related: Throttled; throttling. The noun, in the mechanical sense, is first recorded 1870s, from throttle-valve (1824), but was used earlier as a synonym for "throat" (1540s); it appears to be an independent formation, not derived from the verb.

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Slang definitions & phrases for throttle

throttle

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bend the throttle


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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