throttle

verb
throt·​tle | \ˈthrä-tᵊl \
throttled; throttling\ ˈthrät-​liŋ , ˈthrä-​tᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of throttle 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a(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

2a : 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

throttle

noun

Definition of throttle (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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

at full throttle

: at full speed the project is proceeding at full throttle

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Other Words from throttle

Verb

throttler \ ˈthrät-​lər , ˈthrä-​tᵊl-​ər \ noun

Synonyms for throttle

Synonyms: Verb

choke, garrote (or garotte), strangle, suffocate

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Examples of throttle in a Sentence

Verb

He throttled her in a fit of jealous rage. I'm so mad I could throttle her!

Noun

When you press a car's accelerator, it opens the throttle, and the car goes faster.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In 2014, the FTC sued AT&T for promising unlimited data to wireless customers and then throttling their speeds by as much as 90 percent. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Ajit Pai says you’re going to love the death of net neutrality," 11 June 2018 The professor has hardly finished briefing the class on the final when Ronny is shoving through the heavy door and throttling toward his car. Claire Mcneill, miamiherald, "This student became a paraplegic in FSU shooting. He fights to exist, to graduate. | Miami Herald," 4 May 2018 The Deer Park Wildcats are now in the Division III state championship after throttling Cleveland Heights Lutheran East with relative ease 66-48. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Deer Park lays it on Lutheran East to make DIII state championship," 22 Mar. 2018 Everyone, except maybe for Moss, was preparing for a career-defining ride as the Vikings throttled the Buccaneers in the season-opener and went on to win their first seven games by a combined total of 125 points. Conor Orr, SI.com, "The Greatest Team Never to Make It: An Oral History of the 1998 Vikings," 27 June 2018 That means regulators have no legal basis to block paid priorization, throttling, or other violations of net neutrality. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Net neutrality is dead — what now?," 11 June 2018 India’s Department of Telecommunications has approved net neutrality rules that ban blocking, throttling, and zero-rating internet data, with some exceptions. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "India just approved net neutrality rules that ban ‘any form’ of data discrimination," 11 July 2018 If so, the economy will throttle back as the tax-cut effect wears out, reversing the yield trend. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Is a flattening yield curve a sign of a coming recession?," 6 July 2018 Under the new law, ISPs are required to disclose any blocking, throttling or prioritization of their own content or from their partners on customers' broadband connections. Shelby Fleig, USA TODAY, "Net neutrality rules are repealed. Here's what could happen next.," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The throttle overruns crackled from tailpipes that hung out the back like a Billy goat’s nads. Dan Neil, WSJ, "The Art of Faking a Ferrari," 10 May 2018 However, the plane continued to descend while waiting for the throttle to respond and at its lowest point was only 59 feet above the ground. Augie Martin, CNN, "Video shows how close Air Canada flight came to landing on taxiing planes," 2 May 2018 The throttle becomes a tad livelier, and the DCT downshifts readily under braking—although not quite as intuitively as the automatic in the CX-3. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "2018 Hyundai Kona," 26 Mar. 2018 The Tacoma provided a loud but enjoyable sound when the throttle was open, and then sounded like a 1960s Chevrolet pickup at normal speeds. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "Aging Tacoma loads of fun but has an unexpected downside," 12 Mar. 2018 The experience Polaris gained building Victory bikes, its first foray into street cruisers after success building ATVs and snowmobiles, allowed the new Indian to hit the ground with the throttle wide open. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Indian Motorcycle Is Coming for Harley-Davidson's Throne," 9 Mar. 2018 Eco mode optimizes powertrain operation to help maximize fuel economy, while Sport mode sharpens shift timing, throttle response, and steering feel, and on models with AWD, alters torque distribution for enhanced agility. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Toyota introduces new Adventure modelto the lineup of its 2018 RAV4 crossover," 23 June 2018 And the electronic multiterrain select system will fine-tune throttle and traction for a variety of surfaces, including a mogul mode. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Toyota Land Cruiser: An heirloom original," 30 Mar. 2018 While springtime youth sports in many programs are winding down, the Cooper City Optimist Basketball League is operating at full throttle on the hardwood. Rick Menning, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Cooper City Optimist basketball fast breaks in popularity among kids," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of throttle

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)

Noun

circa 1547, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for throttle

Verb

Middle English throtelen, from throte throat

Noun

perhaps from Middle English *throtel, diminutive of throte throat

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The first known use of throttle was in the 15th century

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More Definitions for throttle

throttle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of throttle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to choke or strangle (someone)

: to defeat (someone or something) easily or completely

: to not allow (something) to grow or develop

throttle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of throttle (Entry 2 of 2)

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

throttle

verb
throt·​tle | \ˈthrä-tᵊl \
throttled; throttling

Kids Definition of throttle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to strangle or choke (someone)

2 : to reduce the speed of (an engine) by closing the throttle valve

throttle

noun

Kids Definition of throttle (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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