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 throttlingcontrol, inhibit, suppress, smother, silence, gag, strangle, stifle, strangulate, burke
Examples from the Web for throttling
Contemporary Examples of throttling
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Historical Examples of throttling
Oh, if that had been true he would have been justified in throttling her!
Vain were the trooper's struggles to free himself from that throttling grip.The Tavern Knight
He was throttling the West itself, which had always been a land of freedom.The Story of the Outlaw
With throttling hands of death at strife,Ground he at grammar.Customs and Fashions in Old New England
Alice Morse Earle
In most of you the first instinct has simply got the other by the throat and is throttling it.Mental Efficiency
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.