Carburetor



a device for mixing vaporized fuel with air to produce a combustible or explosive mixture, as for an internal-combustion engine.
Historical Examples

So one by one they wormed their way out to fix the ignition, adjust the carburetor, or hack free the cogs which moved the tracks.
Greener Than You Think Ward Moore

The first was sure that there was dirt on the point of the needle valve, in the carburetor.
Free Air Sinclair Lewis

“Then here goes for a fast ride,” declared Jack, reaching for the handle controlling the mixing valve of the carburetor.
Boy Scouts Mysterious Signal G. Harvey Ralphson

And have a man from the garage with extra tires and a timer for the carburetor.
Eve to the Rescue Ethel Hueston

Should the motor flood too easily, or should it take too much choking, have the carburetor readjusted.
Mechanical Devices in the Home Edith Louise Allen

It must have been taken off in the service station where we had the carburetor adjusted.
The Campfire Girls Go Motoring Hildegard G. Frey

Then he smoothed his manner and went back to the carburetor.
Cabin Fever B. M. Bower

He got out his electric lamp, and began tinkering with the carburetor.
The Professor’s Mystery Wells Hastings

The carburetor flushes his blood with oxygen, the decompression tank adjusts him to the lack of air-pressure.
Sjambak John Holbrook Vance

There is a possibility that the jets in the carburetor are stopped up.
Aviation Engines Victor Wilfred Pag

n.

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.

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