car·​bu·​re·​tion ˌkär-bə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce carburetion (audio)
: the process of mixing (as in a carburetor) the vapor of a flammable hydrocarbon (such as gasoline) with air to form an explosive mixture especially for use in an internal-combustion engine

Examples of carburetion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The output depended on tune and carburetion, which ranged from a single gas-guzzling Holley to four exquisite Weber downdrafts. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 15 Aug. 2023 Ferrari V-12s with multiple carburetion and four overhead camshafts. Car and Driver, 14 Sep. 2022 In the last decade, engine technology evolved from carburetion to fuel injection., 17 July 2021 The bike was plagued by finicky carburetion and the magneto shafts were forever failing, sending AJS back to the drawing board. Chuck Squatriglia, WIRED, 18 May 2011

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Word History


carburet to combine chemically with carbon, from obsolete carburet carbide

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of carburetion was in 1906

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Cite this Entry

“Carburetion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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