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[kahr-buh-rey-ter, -byuh-]
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  1. a device for mixing vaporized fuel with air to produce a combustible or explosive mixture, as for an internal-combustion engine.
Also car·bu·ra·tor, car·bu·ret·er; especially British, car·bu·ret·tor, car·bu·ret·ter [kahr-byuh-ret-er] /ˈkɑr byəˌrɛt ər/.

Origin of carburetor

First recorded in 1860–65; carburet + -or2
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Examples from the Web for carburettor

Historical Examples

  • To discover a carburettor which would vaporize this crude oil was difficult.

    The Great Airship.

    F. S. Brereton

  • You couldn't expect fuel to reach the carburettor when she was standing on her head.

    The Great Airship.

    F. S. Brereton

  • We just operate this geared fan, and force air through the carburettor.

    The Great Airship.

    F. S. Brereton

  • He tried an alteration in the carburettor mixture, but this did not remedy matters.

  • It was fully dark before the difficulty 103 was remedied by a careful readjustment of the carburettor.

British Dictionary definitions for carburettor


carburetter US carburetor (ˈkɑːbjʊˌreɪtə, -bə-)

  1. 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 engineInformal term: carb Compare fuel injection
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Word Origin and History for carburettor



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.

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