carburetor

noun
car·​bu·​re·​tor | \ˈkär-bə-ˌrā-tər, -byə-\

Definition of carburetor 

: a mechanical apparatus for premixing vaporized fuel and air in proper proportions and supplying the mixture to an internal combustion engine

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Over time, many other antiquated auto features have been ruthlessly abandoned—hand-crank starters and windows, carburetors and cassette decks. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Roseanne Barr and the new political correctness," 29 May 2018 Over time, many other antiquated auto features have been ruthlessly abandoned—hand-crank starters and windows, carburetors and cassette decks. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Roseanne Barr and the new political correctness," 29 May 2018 Over time, many other antiquated auto features have been ruthlessly abandoned—hand-crank starters and windows, carburetors and cassette decks. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Roseanne Barr and the new political correctness," 29 May 2018 No Indy 500 car has featured a carburetor since 1963, but because the Indy 500 is steeped in tradition — you just don't mess with it. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Why it's called Carb Day when IndyCars don't use carburetors," 25 May 2018 Don’t warm up the car before driving: That was important when cars had carburetors. NBC News, "How to save money on gas and squeeze more miles out of every gallon," 25 May 2018 Over time, many other antiquated auto features have been ruthlessly abandoned—hand-crank starters and windows, carburetors and cassette decks. Jonathan Welsh, WSJ, "Yes, Cars Still Come With Stick—Here Are a Few New Favorites," 24 May 2018 Two Holley carburetors were stolen from a detached garage. Washington Post, "Southern Maryland crime report," 10 May 2018 The only thing that was in there that was flammable were maybe a couple of cans of carburetor cleaner, but that wouldn't do anything. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Family laments after fire destroys their New Berlin home and most of their posessions," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of carburetor

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of carburetor was in 1896

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carburetor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of carburetor

: the part of an engine in which gasoline is mixed with air so it will burn and provide the engine with power

carburetor

noun
car·​bu·​re·​tor | \ˈkär-bə-ˌrā-tər \

Kids Definition of carburetor

: the part of an engine in which liquid fuel (as gasoline) is mixed with air to make it burn easily

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