- 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 carburetor
The first was sure that there was dirt on the point of the needle valve, in the carburetor.Free Air
At that moment Martin Dockerill suggested that the carburetor was dirty.The Trail of the Hawk
A bit of tinkering with the carburetor, and the engine purred softly.Life in a Tank
We took the gas line off at the carburetor and blew it out with compressed air.Smugglers' Reef
I am sure that the trifling disorder in the carburetor may be corrected.The Secret Witness
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.