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throttle

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verb throt·tle \ˈthrä-təl\

Simple Definition of throttle

  • : to choke or strangle (someone)

  • : to defeat (someone or something) easily or completely

  • : to not allow (something) to grow or develop

Full Definition of throttle

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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a (1) :  to compress the throat of :  choke (2) :  to kill by such actionb :  to prevent or check expression or activity of :  suppress <policies that throttle creativity>

  3. 2a :  to decrease the flow of (as steam or fuel to an engine) by a valveb :  to regulate and especially to reduce the speed of (as an engine) by such meansc :  to vary the thrust of (a rocket engine) during flight

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to throttle something (as an engine) —usually used with back or down <the pilot throttled back>

throt·tler play \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

Rhymes with throttle


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throttle

noun throt·tle

Simple Definition of throttle

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

Full Definition of throttle

  1. 1a :  throat 1ab :  trachea 1

  2. 2a :  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 engineb :  the lever controlling this valvec :  the condition of being throttled

at full throttle
  1. :  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




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