verb throt·tle \ˈthrä-təl\

: to choke or strangle (someone)

: to defeat (someone or something) easily or completely

: to not allow (something) to grow or develop

throt·tledthrot·tling \ˈthrät-liŋ, ˈthrä-təl-iŋ\

Full Definition of THROTTLE

transitive verb
a (1) :  to compress the throat of :  choke (2) :  to kill by such action
b :  to prevent or check expression or activity of :  suppress <policies that throttle creativity>
a :  to decrease the flow of (as steam or fuel to an engine) by a valve
b :  to regulate and especially to reduce the speed of (as an engine) by such means
c :  to vary the thrust of (a rocket engine) during flight
intransitive verb
:  to throttle something (as an engine) —usually used with back or down <the pilot throttled back>
throt·tler \ˈthrät-lər, ˈthrä-təl-ər\ noun

Examples of THROTTLE

  1. He throttled her in a fit of jealous rage.
  2. I'm so mad I could throttle her!

Origin of THROTTLE

Middle English throtelen, from throte throat
First Known Use: 15th century

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: a device that controls the flow of fuel to an engine

Full Definition of THROTTLE

a :  throat 1a
b :  trachea 1
a :  a valve for regulating the supply of a fluid (as steam) to an engine; especially :  the valve controlling the volume of vaporized fuel charge delivered to the cylinders of an internal combustion engine
b :  the lever controlling this valve
c :  the condition of being throttled
at full throttle
:  at full speed <the project is proceeding at full throttle>

Examples of THROTTLE

  1. When you press a car's accelerator, it opens the throttle, and the car goes faster.

Origin of THROTTLE

perhaps from Middle English *throtel, diminutive of throte throat
First Known Use: circa 1547

Other Automotive Terms

articulated, block, choke, clutch, diesel, neutral, transmission

Rhymes with THROTTLE


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