[ kahr-buh-rey-shuh n, -byuh-, -byuh-resh-uh n ]
/ ˌkɑr bəˈreɪ ʃən, -byə-, -byəˈrɛʃ ən /


(in an internal-combustion engine) the process of producing a mixture of air and fuel in the correct proportion for engine combustion.
Also car·bu·ra·tion [kahr-buh-rey-shuh n, -byuh-] /ˌkɑr bəˈreɪ ʃən, -byə-/

Origin of carburetion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for carburation

  • The temperature necessary to effect the carburation of the iron has been found to be that required for the melting of copper, viz.

  • There is no dust and there are no depressions in the surface which will upset the carburation and jar the bolts off your machine.

    The Automobilist Abroad|M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
  • In the manufacture of Bessemer steel both the carburation and decarburation processes are practised.

  • It happened, consequently, that he was well acquainted with the carburation.

    The Great Airship.|F. S. Brereton

British Dictionary definitions for carburation


/ (ˌkɑːbjʊˈreɪʃən) /


the process of mixing a hydrocarbon fuel with a correct amount of air to make an explosive mixture for an internal-combustion engine
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