throttle

[ throt-l ]
/ ˈθrɒt l /
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noun

verb (used with object), throt·tled, throt·tling.


Nearby words

  1. throne room,
  2. throng,
  3. thronner,
  4. thronos,
  5. throstle,
  6. throttle lever,
  7. throttle valve,
  8. throttle-body injection,
  9. throttleable,
  10. throttlebottom

Idioms

    at full throttle, at maximum speed.

Origin of throttle

1350–1400; (v.) Middle English throtelen, frequentative of throten to cut the throat of (someone), strangle, derivative of throat; (noun) probably diminutive of Middle English throte throat; compare German Drossel

Related formsthrot·tler, nounun·throt·tled, adjective

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Examples from the Web for unthrottled

  • With an unthrottled groan, he lowered himself into the chair and turned his dark gaze upon the senator.

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British Dictionary definitions for unthrottled

throttle

/ (ˈθrɒtəl) /

noun

Also called: throttle valve any device that controls the quantity of fuel or fuel and air mixture entering an engine
an informal or dialect word for throat

verb (tr)

to kill or injure by squeezing the throat
to suppressto throttle the press
to control or restrict (a flow of fluid) by means of a throttle valve
Derived Formsthrottler, noun

Word Origin for throttle

C14: throtelen, from throte throat

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Word Origin and History for unthrottled

throttle

v.

"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.

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