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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
First recorded in 1860-65; carburet + -or2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The first was sure that there was dirt on the point of the needle valve, in the carburetor.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • At that moment Martin Dockerill suggested that the carburetor was dirty.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • A bit of tinkering with the carburetor, and the engine purred softly.

    Life in a Tank Richard Haigh
  • We took the gas line off at the carburetor and blew it out with compressed air.

    Smugglers' Reef John Blaine
  • I am sure that the trifling disorder in the carburetor may be corrected.

    The Secret Witness George Gibbs
  • And have a man from the garage with extra tires and a timer for the carburetor.

    Eve to the Rescue

    Ethel Hueston
  • When he said carburetor it was just like running up a scale of music.

    Eve to the Rescue

    Ethel Hueston
  • He said he'd let him look over the carburetor when he got home, didn't he?

  • You see, the carburetor got clogged and wouldn't spray properly.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • It must have been taken off in the service station where we had the carburetor adjusted.

    The Campfire Girls Go Motoring Hildegard G. Frey
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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