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 Old gas will clog fuel lines, gum up the carburetor, and prevent the engine from starting. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Store Small Engines for the Winter," 9 Dec. 2019 The carburetor on your car, in contrast, is the technological equivalent of pouring gasoline into the cylinders from a paint can. Ray Magliozzi,, "Car Talk: Honda is whistling a different kind of tune," 18 Nov. 2019 With some replacement parts for those classics becoming hard to come by or prohibitively expensive, the system also frees owners from having to track down, say, a period-correct carburetor to keep their baby running. New York Times, "Out: M.P.G. In: Kilowatt-Hours. Classic Cars Get an Electric Jolt.," 12 Dec. 2019 In the old days when cars were carbureted — the 1970s and earlier — all carburetors had something called a float bowl. Ray Magliozzi,, "Car Talk: Neighbor revved up over Mustang owner’s late night habit," 20 Oct. 2019 Most will take regular gasoline, though Hildebrand favors a product called TruFuel, which doesn’t have any ethanol or other additives that eat away a carburetor over time. Rachel Swan,, "Everyone is buying generators to get through PG&E outages. Here’s what you need to know," 1 Nov. 2019 The float bowl is where the gasoline was stored inside the carburetor while waiting to be released into the cylinders. Ray Magliozzi,, "Car Talk: Neighbor revved up over Mustang owner’s late night habit," 20 Oct. 2019 Brauer notes the shift from carburetors to fuel injectors made for simpler mechanics—and fewer hours of work on each vehicle. Wired, "The Shift to Electric Vehicles Propels a Strike Against GM," 17 Sep. 2019 Darden had grown up helping her father change tires on the family car and prime the carburetor. Los Angeles Times, "How the women of NASA made their mark on the space program," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of carburetor

1896, in the meaning defined above

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6 Jan 2020

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“Carburetor.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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