verb (used with object), throt·tled, throt·tling.
- to obstruct or check the flow of (a fluid), as to control the speed of an engine.
- to reduce the pressure of (a fluid) by passing it from a smaller area to a larger one.
- throne room,
- throttle lever,
- throttle valve,
- throttle-body injection,
Origin of throttle
Examples from the Web for throttle
When you hit a throttle on a sprint car, the car sets sideways.Homicide or Accident in Tony Stewart’s NASCAR Scandal?|Robert Silverman|August 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But, really, the whole episode was a reminder of how reform can swerve when a government has its foot to the throttle.
Have they not called out of the nation's heart all that was best to throttle and subdue all that was worst?The Color Line|William Benjamin Smith
The engine is regulated by an ordinary Porter governor actuating the throttle valve, O.
As soon as the engine begins to run properly, the spark is advanced and the throttle closed down to the required point.Motors|James Slough Zerbe
Then he opened the throttle and the Fuor d'Italia leaped forward and raced away with an angry roar.El Diablo|Brayton Norton
The rudder is controlled by the feet, and the throttle is on the right side.Lest We Forget|John Gilbert Thompson
Word Origin for throttle
"strangle to death," c.1400, probably from Middle English throte "throat" (see throat). Related: Throttled; throttling. The noun, in the mechanical sense, is first recorded 1870s, from throttle-valve (1824), but was used earlier as a synonym for "throat" (1540s); it appears to be an independent formation, not derived from the verb.