car·​bu·​re·​tor | \ ˈkär-bə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce carburetor (audio) , -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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Recent Examples on the Web Before the late 1980s and early 1990s, cars relied on a carburetor to provide the engine with the right mix of fuel and air. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Should you really let your car run on cold mornings before driving it?," 29 Jan. 2021 Gasoline sitting in a carburetor will slowly evaporate over time, leaving gummy deposits that can block fuel from getting through, and make starting difficult or impossible without servicing. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Portable Generators to Keep Your Home Running," 9 Dec. 2020 Powell, who was already familiar with Internationals on his grandfather’s farm, put in a new fuel pump and brakes and rebuilt the carburetor and water pump. Carrie Napoleon,, "Ice truck given to Cedar Lake Historical Society: ‘We have our history on wheels’," 26 Oct. 2020 That’s because the Super gulped fuel through a big 4-barrel carburetor. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Jeep Wagoneer Is So Badass," 9 Aug. 2020 Monty threw that carburetor across the driveway and down the street, crashing into the bitumen and fully unbuckling in front of the townhouse where my aunt, just a few years ago, used to live. Nicole Walker, Longreads, "(Who Gets to) Just Up and Move," 10 Aug. 2020 The box can now be loaded with a carburetor, plugs, or something less greasy. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How To Make This All-Metal Toolbox," 13 June 2020 The four-barrel carburetor common down south provides about a 100-horsepower boost, and the tires aren’t the same as what’s typically run in Wisconsin, so the adjustments in setups and driving style are significant. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Casey Johnson thrives on track as an 'old-school racer'," 4 Aug. 2020 All due respect to my Ford heritage, a Model A motor is heavy, temperamental, and not particularly safe in a boat—the carburetor on the Old A's tended to leak fuel. Jim Eicher, Popular Mechanics, "How I Built a Boat Using Plans from 1935," 2 June 2020

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First Known Use of carburetor

1896, in the meaning defined above

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11 Feb 2021

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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


car·​bu·​re·​tor | \ ˈkär-bə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce carburetor (audio) \

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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