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.
Origin of throttle
Related Words for throttlecontrol, inhibit, suppress, smother, silence, gag, strangle, stifle, strangulate, burke
Examples from the Web for throttle
Contemporary Examples of throttle
When you hit a throttle on a sprint car, the car sets sideways.Homicide or Accident in Tony Stewart’s NASCAR Scandal?
August 11, 2014
But, really, the whole episode was a reminder of how reform can swerve when a government has its foot to the throttle.Will Britain's Coalition Government Survive?
August 18, 2010
Historical Examples of throttle
Stan slammed his hatch cover shut and opened up his throttle.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
He turned the throttle and the car resumed its former speed.Mary Louise in the Country
L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)
I grasped the dog around the throat and began to throttle him.The Bell Tone
Edmund H. Leftwich
One day it got loose, flew straight at him, and began trying to throttle him.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
The road saves money in having a christian hand on the throttle.Quiet Talks on Power
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.