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throttle

verb throt·tle \ ˈthrä-tᵊl \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of throttle

throttled; throttling play \ˈthrät-liŋ, ˈthrä-tᵊl-iŋ\
transitive verb
1 a (1) : to compress the throat of : choke
(2) : to kill by such action
b : to prevent or check expression or activity of : suppress
  • policies that throttle creativity
2 a : to decrease the flow of (something, such as steam or fuel to an engine) by a valve
b : to regulate and especially to reduce the speed of (something, such as an engine) by such means
c : to vary the thrust of (a rocket engine) during flight
intransitive verb
: to throttle something (something, such as an engine) usually used with back or down
  • the pilot throttled back

throttler

play \ˈthrät-lər, ˈthrä-tᵊl-ər\ noun

Examples of throttle in a Sentence

  1. He throttled her in a fit of jealous rage.

  2. I'm so mad I could throttle her!

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Origin and Etymology of throttle

Middle English throtelen, from throte throat

throttle Synonyms

Synonyms
garrote (or garotte), strangle, suffocate, choke
Related Words
asphyxiate, smother, stifle; scrag
Near Antonyms
restore, resuscitate, revive

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throttle

noun

Definition of throttle

1 a : a valve for regulating the supply of a fluid (such as steam) to an engine; especially : the valve controlling the volume of vaporized fuel charge delivered to the cylinders of an internal combustion engine
b : the lever controlling this valve
c : the condition of being throttled
2 a : throat 1a
b : trachea 1
at full throttle
: at full speed
  • the project is proceeding at full throttle

Examples of throttle in a Sentence

  1. When you press a car's accelerator, it opens the throttle, and the car goes faster.

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Origin and Etymology of throttle

perhaps from Middle English *throtel, diminutive of throte throat

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THROTTLE Defined for English Language Learners

throttle

verb

Definition of throttle for English Language Learners

  • : to choke or strangle (someone)

  • : to defeat (someone or something) easily or completely

  • : to not allow (something) to grow or develop


throttle

noun

Definition of throttle for English Language Learners

  • : a device that controls the flow of fuel to an engine


THROTTLE Defined for Kids

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throttle

verb throt·tle \ ˈthrä-tᵊl \

Definition of throttle for Students

throttled; throttling
1 : to strangle or choke (someone)
2 : to reduce the speed of (an engine) by closing the throttle valve

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throttle

noun

Definition of throttle for Students

: a valve or a lever that controls the valve for regulating the flow of steam or fuel in an engine


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