car·​bu·​re·​tor ˈkär-bə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce carburetor (audio)
: a mechanical apparatus for premixing vaporized fuel and air in proper proportions and supplying the mixture to an internal combustion engine

Examples of carburetor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pull the lever if your carburetor doesn't have an automatic choke. Anthony Robledo, USA TODAY, 17 Jan. 2024 The Husqvarna has an air purge function that removes air from the carburetor and fuel system, reducing resistance in the starter cord by up to 40%. Rachel Ahrnsen, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Feb. 2024 Products include carburetors, crate engines, cylinder heads, fuel injection, fuel systems, gaskets, ignition, intake manifolds, sensors, superchargers, thermostats, tools, turbochargers, valve train components, and water pumps. Detroit Free Press, 16 Feb. 2024 The resulting methane gas was condensed, filtered, and supplied to a unique carburetor. Larry Printz, Ars Technica, 4 Oct. 2023 Once activated, this will burn off the fuel left in the carburetor before shutting the generator down completely. Jim Cobb, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 Its hours and minutes are displayed by rotating stainless-steel disks on the air filters that feed the dual carburetor banks on top of the engine. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 12 Dec. 2023 That means more power, better reliability, and even potential changes to oil pressure and carburetor adjustments. Michael Teo Van Runkle, Ars Technica, 26 Oct. 2023 With three Weber carburetors, the GT engine made more than 300 hp. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 9 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of carburetor was in 1896

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“Carburetor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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car·​bu·​re·​tor ˈkär-b(y)ə-ˌrāt-ər How to pronounce carburetor (audio)
: the part of an engine in which fuel (as gasoline) is mixed with air to make it burn easily

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