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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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Examples for throttling
  • Most laptop operating systems have default power settings that extend battery life by throttling back power consumption.
  • As a last resort, the system slows the car by throttling back or shifting gears.
  • Both escaped from their throttling families by striking rebellious poses that made them generation heroes.
  • Networks already employ throttling and congestion management in each cell in a network.
  • For a start, they are throttling the returns from competing investments.
  • Those lines, once generous-looking, feel throttling now.
  • But administrative reform needs to go deeper than this-if only to prevent the public sector throttling economic growth.
  • Other versions of the scheme propose throttling broadband-connection speeds.
  • It is also highly protectionist, throttling poor countries' farm exports.
  • But it has depended heavily on public money and has often been threatened with throttling by red tape.
British Dictionary definitions for throttling

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 throttling
throttle
"strangle to death," c.1400, probably from M.E. throte "throat" (see throat). The noun, in the mechanical sense, is first recorded 1870s, from throttle-valve (1824), but was used earlier as a synonym for "throat" (1547); it appears to be an independent formation, not derived from the verb.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for throttling

throttle

Related Terms

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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