- a device for mixing vaporized fuel with air to produce a combustible or explosive mixture, as for an internal-combustion engine.
Origin of carburetor
Examples from the Web for carburettor
To discover a carburettor which would vaporize this crude oil was difficult.
You couldn't expect fuel to reach the carburettor when she was standing on her head.
We just operate this geared fan, and force air through the carburettor.
He tried an alteration in the carburettor mixture, but this did not remedy matters.Cavalry of the Clouds
It was fully dark before the difficulty 103 was remedied by a careful readjustment of the carburettor.The Launch Boys' Adventures in Northern Waters
Edward S. Ellis
carburetter US carburetor (ˈkɑːbjʊˌreɪtə, -bə-)
- 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
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.